‘AMLO’s attitude toward cartels is laissez-faire, sees them as a distraction’

Former US ambassador says president ignores them in favor of creating his ‘Great Society’

President López Obrador sees combating cartels as a distraction from his political agenda and has adopted a laissez-faire attitude toward them, according to former ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau.

Speaking at a roundtable event organized by the Council of American Ambassadors, Landau said that cartels are a “big problem in Mexico,” adding that they have effective control over large parts of the country.

“The estimates go anywhere from 35–40% of the country,” said the former ambassador, who served in Mexico for about 1 1/2 years before leaving the position in January due to the change of government in the United States.


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