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Mexican minister calls for united front to fight against crime

07-16-2010 14:09 BJT

MEXICO CITY, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Mexico's newly-appointed interior minister said on Thursday that he is seeking a unified front against organized crime.

Interior Minister Jose Francisco Blake Mora called for a national debate on fighting against crime in interviews with local broadcasters. He said in a statement that every member of the society should contribute to consolidating security.

He also emphasized the coordinated efforts by all regional governments in fighting organized crimes. "We have to recover security working as a team with all the governments," he said.

Currently, the National Action Party (PAN) is the ruling party that takes charge of Mexico's central government. However, many of the nation's 32 state governors come from the Institutional Revolution Party (PRI) and the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), two main opposition parties in Mexico.

Blake, the Mexico's third interior minister under Felipe Calderon, was promoted from the regional interior department in the state of Baja California, which borders the United States. He replaced Fernando Gomez Mont, who took office in November 2008 after the death of the first incumbent, Juan Camilo Mourino.

This month, Mexico's President Felipe Calderon called on all parties to work together to fight crime following the murder of Rodolfo Torre Cantu, PRI candidate for governor in northern state Tamaulipas, during the campaign for election on July 4.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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