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Sound and fury spurs political crisis in Mexico

4:46am IST - 01:45

Pena Nieto's government is in the deepest crisis of his two year presidency marred by the apparent massacre of 43 students in Mexico. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Relentless outrage on the streets of Mexico over the apparent massacre 43 trainee teachers. The wave of discontent has hit the government, spurring calls on President Enrique Pena Nieto to step down. But with no credible opposition in sight, it looks unlikely that he will go anywhere. Instead, he is calling for an end to the violence. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN PRESIDENT ENRIQUE PENA NIETO, SAYING: "If what we demand is justice, and for those responsible for these acts to pay for them and for the law to be applied, it can't be done through acts of violence and vandalism." He himself has also come under fire for allowing the government to do business with a Mexican company that owned a luxury house in Mexico City that his wife was in the process of buying. Under pressure, the First Lady of Mexico decided to sell. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN FIRST LADY ANGELICA RIVERA SAYING: "In the same spirit of openness that I shared the details of the house, I want to tell you all I have decided to sell the property." Political analyst Jose Antonio Crespo says the government is in a battle for credibility. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) POLITICAL ANALYST JOSE ANTONIO CRESPO, SAYING: "Will the people believe the government or not? Because if people don't want to believe anything, the protests could continue indefinitely because whatever the politicians do, as they have no credibility." The fall of a president would be unprecedented in modern Mexico. And for all the public indignation, no figurehead has emerged to channel the anger and present an alternative.

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Sound and fury spurs political crisis in Mexico

4:46am IST - 01:45

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