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New National Guard unlikely to alter Mexico’s security strategy as military will still be critical to anti-drug cartel operations

07 March 2019


Senate President Martí Batres said on 6 March that 18 out of Mexico’s 32 states had approved legislation creating a National Guard.

This had been originally passed by the Mexican Congress on 28 February and needed the approval of 17 states before presidential ratification, which is still pending but highly likely. The initiative amends the constitution to enable the creation of a 60,000-strong National Guard in charge of providing security across the country and particularly countering drug-related violence. Its creation has been a key component of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s security strategy. The National Guard will answer to the National Security and Public Safety Secretariat.

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