Departing Mexican Leader Leaves a Mixed Legacy

President Calderon
President Calderon

Wall Street Journal, 11/30/2012

President Felipe Calderón leaves office on Saturday with an unusual legacy for a Mexican leader: That of a wartime president. Mr. Calderón’s decision to launch an assault on Mexico’s drug cartels dominated his six-year term and will shape the country for years. Roughly 63,000 people have died in drug-related violence.

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Mexico’s Calderon proposes UN lead debate on drug policy

Reuters, 9/26/12

The United Nations should lead a global debate over a less “prohibitionist” approach to drug policy, Mexican President Felipe Calderon said on Wednesday in the latest attempt by a Latin American leader to float possible changes to international narcotics laws.

Calderon, who leaves office on Dec. 1 after spending much of his presidency locked in a bloody battle with drug-smuggling gangs, told the U.N. General Assembly that organized crime was “one of the most serious threats of our time.”

“Today, I am proposing formally that (the United Nations) … carry out a far-reaching assessment of the progress and the limits of the current prohibitionist approach to drugs,” Calderon said.

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