Acapulco, Dec 5: Mexico's embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto visited violence-plagued Guerrero state for the first time since a security crisis erupted over the apparent massacre of dozens of students.
His Thursday's trip to the Pacific resort of Acapulco came a day after federal police and troops took over security in the port and several other crime-riddled towns from the state's weak municipal forces.
Pena Nieto, who had visited the impoverished state many times before, had not been back since gang-linked police attacked busloads of students in the city of Iguala on September 26.
Authorities say officers delivered 43 students to members of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang, who told investigators they killed the young men and incinerated their bodies.
Pena Nieto had been expected to visit Iguala on Wednesday to announce the new security measures, but his trip was called off and his interior minister and national security chief went in his place. The case of the missing students has caused outrage across Mexico, triggering nationwide protests, with angry demonstrators torching government buildings in Guerrero.
Pena Nieto was in Acapulco to announce an economic recovery plan
Pena Nieto was in Acapulco to announce an economic recovery plan for the state, which has been ravaged by gang violence and natural disasters. He was due to speak later on Thursday.
The recent protests and violence have hurt Acapulco's tourism industry, with the US embassy advising Americans to defer non-essential travel to the city last month.
More than 900 federal police were sent to Acapulco ahead of the Christmas break and another 2,000 took up positions in 36 towns of the states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Morelos and Mexico.