For Sheinbaum, a Security Challenge in AMLO’s Home State

By Will Freeman

Southern states like Tabasco are enduring increased criminal activity. How will Mexico's next government tackle the pervasive presence of drug cartels?

VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico — Tabasco, once called Mexico’s “Eden” by a past state governor, is known for its oil, torrential floods, and for being the home state of outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador—not cartel violence. But with monthly organized crime-linked homicides up 400% since last year as of May, that’s changing. Last December, violence reached new extremes, mirroring a security crisis already raging in the neighboring state of Chiapas and which threatens to engulf other southern states. Politicians from Morena, the party of AMLO and President-elect...

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