President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pledged to decrease violence when he comes into office but the factors compounding the volatility in Mexico may make it a hard task to shoulder.
Mexico's second presidential debate ended with a weak showing from the leading candidate. While leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador still has a lead of 20 percentage points, other candidates could be allying to stop his advance.
Mexican President Pena Nieto is being challenged from the right and the left, and with rampant crime and corruption laid at his feet, the Mexican elections are ripe for newcomers.
The interior ministry reports a homicide rate of 20.5 per 100,000 inhabitants across drug-ravaged Mexico in 2017.
Over the last decade violence has surged across Mexico after the former president Felipe Calderon's declared war against the country's powerful drug cartels in late 2006.
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