Oct 17, 2011

Mexico Drug War Politics: Calderon comments spark Mexico drugs war row with PRI

BBC News: "Mexican President Felipe Calderon has sparked a political row by suggesting the main opposition party, the PRI, might consider deals with drugs gangs if it wins the presidency in 2012. Mr Calderon made the comments in an interview with the New York Times.

PRI politicians have dismissed the suggestion as absurd, and demanded a retraction and apology. The PRI's spokesman in the senate, Carlos Jimenez Macias, dismissed the accusation as electioneering. "it is absurd and irresponsible to make a statement of that kind," he told the Mexican newspaper El Universal. President Calderon should either present evidence or withdraw the remark, he added.

Correspondents say Mr Calderon's comments are unusual, as Mexican presidents are expected to remain above party politics." read more

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