Mexico’s kingpin jailbreak puts president in a hole

Police guard a drainage pipe outside the Mexican prison from which Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzmán escaped on Saturday. (AP)
Police guard a drainage pipe outside the Mexican prison from which Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán escaped on Saturday. (AP)

By Jude Webber / Financial Times

Mexico’s most famous fugitive may have tunneled out of a high-security jail, but it is Enrique Peña Nieto, the country’s president, who now finds himself in a hole.

Saturday night’s spectacular jailbreak by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán — the drugs lord’s second prison escape in 15 years — is a huge setback for Peña Nieto, who has cultivated a record for catching narcotics kingpins.

Not only will it exacerbate already strained relations with law enforcement agencies in the US, it leaves the president’s commitment to cracking down on graft via a new anti-corruption system looking embarrassingly flimsy, according to political analysts.

“Peña Nieto has his back against the wall now,” says Raúl Benítez, a Mexican security analyst. “This throws his new strategy against corruption in the garbage.”

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