Killings in Mexico climbed to new highs in 2016, and the violent rhythm may only intensify

2/8/2017 Business Insider

HE_Enrique_Peña_Nieto,_President_of_Mexico_(9085212846)Mexico recorded the deadliest year of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s four-year-old sexenio, or six-year term, in 2016.

The country saw a 22% increase in homicide cases, rising from 17,034 in 2015 to 20,789 in 2016.

Individual homicide cases can contain more than one victim, and data released by the government showed that the number of homicide victims jumped 22.8%, from 18,673 in 2015 to 22,932 last year.

Government data released by the interior ministry each year since 1997 indicates that Peña Nieto’s first four years have had 71,808 homicide cases opened, putting his term on pace to exceed those of his two predecessors.

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