Mexican President assures military will continue security tasks until civilian institutions can take over

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on 9 December 2016 acknowledged the country’s security situation was not ideal and goals had not been met, but publicly thanked and recognized the Mexican military for carrying out security tasks which are beyond the scope of the country's civil institutions (24 Horas, Noticias MVS). Peña Nieto also revealed the Mexican armed forces will continue to work on security details until the civil institutions tasked with public security are fully professional and modern. The President’s remarks came after National Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos suggested the military was not trained for work in chasing down criminals (24 Horas).