Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Friday troops will remain in the streets to combat drug violence after his defense minister issued a rare complaint about the controversial deployment.
Although Pena Nieto acknowledged that the soldiers and marines have been doing law enforcement tasks that “don’t correspond to them in the strictest sense,” he said the armed forces are “determined to continue” policing the streets.
The military deployment has allowed “cities and regions in our country to return to peace and calm,” he said.
Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos said on Thursday that the military “didn’t ask” to be fighting criminals.
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