Mexico

President in all time low polling as street protests increase


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Despite announcing a package of reforms to municipal police forces following outrage over the deaths of 43 students at the hands of a drugs cartel, President Enrique Peña Nieto has received some of the lowest approval ratings in the country’s history.

The country has been in uproar after it was revealed that the mayor of the Guerrero city of Iguala and sections of his police force were implicated in the disappearance of the students. Apparently handing over the students to the drugs cartel which led to their deaths, the incident has highlighted the extreme corruption in the country.

Two polls show that the Mexican people have reached breaking point as they increase street protests in an attempt to force the President to resign. A Buendia & Laredo poll for the El Universal newspaper puts the President’s approval rating at 41% in November, down from 46% in August. Another poll by the Reforma newspaper shows an even bigger drop from 50% to 39% between August and November. Both polls are some of the lowest approval ratings for a Mexican president since polling began in the country.

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