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Mexico will have a new 10,000-member security force that will be deployed to regions of the troubled country where violence and instability are greatest, President Enrique Peña Nieto said Monday.

The president said at a meeting of the National Public Security Council that the force would consist of 10,000 members to start, though he did not say when it would be created. For the time being, the military will remain in the streets in an effort to maintain order. The federal police will add 15 units that will focus solely on kidnapping and extortion, he said.

“This is the beginning of a relationship of respect and responsibility to achieve the justice and peace that our country demands,” said Peña Nieto, who took office Dec. 1. “Mexicans want a Mexico at peace and demand respect, and respect for human rights.”

Read more at the L.A. Times

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