“We have a good economy, there is well-being and progress is being made in guaranteeing peace and tranquility in our country, which is something very complex,” said the president.
The president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, highlighted on Tuesday the downward trend in murders in the Latin American country.
“The homicide data is already there […] There is a decrease,” the president said in his morning press conference, in which he made reference to the figures recently published by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi), corresponding to last year.
According to the Inegi, preliminarily, it is known that from January to December 2022, 32,223 homicides were registered; this would be equivalent to 25 per 100,000 inhabitants nationwide.
From January to December 2022, 32,223 homicides were preliminarily recorded; 25 per 100,000 inhabitants nationwide. The rate according to sex was:🚺 5.8 per 100,000 women🚹 44.4 per 100,000 men🖥️ Deaths due to homicide: https://t.co/lQtst8IP7Apic.twitter.com/Iwv19kPgA7
– INEGI INFORMS (@INEGI_INFORMS) July 25, 2023
“There is a 10% decrease from 2021 to 2022. This is very encouraging, because this trend continues and we estimate that since we came to the Government, homicide (intentional), murders, has decreased by 17%,” said the president.
In 2018, when Lopez Obrador came to power, there were 36,685 homicides; in 2019 they dropped to 36,661; in 2020 there were 36,773; in 2021 they reached 35,700; to then experience a significant drop in 2022.
In the first half of 2023, according to figures released at the press conference, 15,122 homicides were recorded in Mexico, 6% less than in the same period of the previous year.
Lopez Obrador predicted that if this trend continues, by the end of his administration homicides will have decreased by 20%.
“The Fruit of Labor”
“This is a great achievement, it is the fruit of the work that has been carried out every day with the Security Cabinet. Of course, the strategy of address the causes of violencebecause from the first day of the Government we began to improve the living and working conditions of the people of Mexico, and that is the basis, that is the livelihood, the pillar to face the scourge of violence,” added the president.
He pointed out that this has also been thanks to the coordinated and professional work of the Security Cabinet, “with the creation of the National Guard, which is a great institution; with not allowing corruption, with clearly drawing the line, the border between crime and authority, and addressing the problem of insecurity personally, not delegating it and every day”.
In his press conference he emphasized: “We have a good economy, there is well-being and progress is being made in guaranteeing peace and tranquility in our country, which is something very complex.”
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