May 19, 2011

Whack-a-mole drug war: Clock ticks on Calderon's hunt for Mexican drug lord

The Times of Sri Lanka is keeping an eye on Mexico.

Clock ticks on Calderon's hunt for Mexican drug lord: "With time running out to win a drugs war that has cost nearly 40,000 lives, only the scalp of Mexico's biggest kingpin can give President Felipe Calderon the symbolic victory his party desperately needs.

Mexico's next presidential election is just 14 months away, and the conservative National Action Party (PAN) is now well behind its main rival in polls, battered by the violence unleashed by Calderon's grinding campaign against the cartels.

Catching Mexico's most powerful drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman would be a “godsend” to the PAN, which needs to turn around public opinion before the July 2012 vote, said George W. Grayson, a Mexico expert at the College of William and Mary in Virginia."

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