Mexico has recorded a record number of murders in 2017, making it the deadliest year in the country’s modern history. The news is a new setback for President Enrique Peña Nieto before the presidential elections of 2018. In total 23,101 homicide investigations were opened in the first 11 months of this year, figures that were not reached since 1997. The leader in the polls , the leftist López Obrador, has even gone so far as to explore an amnesty with criminal gangs to reduce violence.

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