Friday, January 24, 2014
Peña Nieto's top domestic security adviser resigns
Colombian General Óscar Naranjo, appointed with much fanfare as chief domestic security consultant to president Enrique Peña Nieto only days after he was elected in July 2012, has resigned his post.
The announcement came not from Mexico City, but from Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, who said that Naranjo would join his reelection team in preparation for national elections on May 25.
Naranjo, who led Colombia's fight against cocaine traffickers for years, was expected to give the new government insight into more effective strategies for dealing with Mexico's dozens of drug cartels. But he kept a very low profile and little was seen or heard of him during his 18 months of service to the PRI administration. Security consultant elaborates on "new" Mexican drug war strategy - but is it?.
Peña Nieto, who is returning from the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, has not commented on Naranjo's resignation. There is no indication of who, if anyone, may be on the short list to replace him.
One contribution of Naranjo to Mexico's 85 month old drug war was the creation of a new national gendarmerie, which will begin operations in July.
Gen. Óscar Naranjo
Mar. 6, 2013 - Peña Nieto's drug war czar says no to Mexican militias
Oct. 8, 2012 - Peña Nieto's Colombian drug war consultant is a U.S. informant, Mexican journal claims, with orders to cut a deal with cartel bosses
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