MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday became the first Mexican president in memory to visit the birthplace of the country’s most infamous drug trafficker, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman – just three days after a U.S. jury convicted the kingpin.
Before the trip, Lopez Obrador said the visit to Badiraguato, a mountainous municipality in the northwestern state of Sinaloa long associated with Mexico’s cartels, was aimed at “regenerating public life.”
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“We should not stigmatize,” he said. “Badiraguato is a historic town, lots of people deserving respect live there.”
The left-wing populist was scheduled to give a speech in Badiraguato’s municipal headquarters later on Friday.
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Though warring gang factions have inflicted periodic bloodshed on the municipality, some villagers speak fondly of the largesse of their native son, who was born in the hamlet of La Tuna and whose Sinaloa cartel provided work for marijuana and opium poppy growers.
With a population of 32,000, Badiraguato is still one of the poorest municipalities in the state of Sinaloa and the country, according to Mexican statistics agency Inegi.
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Lopez Obrador, who has spoken of the need to fight poverty across Mexico, was due to announce a development plan for Badiraguato that included a new highway, a public university and a program to...
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