October Mexico’s bloodiest month

October Mexico’s bloodiest month

October Mexico’s bloodiest month

There were more murders in October in Mexico than in any month over at least 20 years, according to official data, in the latest grim milestone in 2017, a year on course to register the highest homicide tally since modern records began.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s failure to tackle growing drug violence is seen as a major weakness ahead of next July’s presidential election, where he faces an uphill battle to keep his centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in power.

The data, published by Mexico’s interior ministry on Nov. 20, showed there were 2,371 murder investigations opened in October.

With 20,878 murders nationwide in the first 10 months of 2017, this year is on track to overtake 2011 as the most violent since the government began publishing such data in 1997.

There were an average of 69 murders a day so far this year, putting Mexico on track to overtake the 2011 homicide tally before the end of November. In 2011, there were an average of 63 murders per day, according to Reuters calculations.

In a speech earlier this month, Pena Nieto acknowledged that crime and violence had been rising.

“It has to be said, we’re still not satisfied, and we still have lots more to achieve,” he said. “Security needs to remain an utmost priority for the government.”