Explainer – Mexico’s fuel woes rooted in chronic theft, troubled refineries – World

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has launched the most sweeping attack against rampant corruption and organised crime of his young administration: aiming to stop a growing fuel theft racket that has grown dramatically in recent years.

The new leader is seeking to stem the theft from key pipelines that transport fuel, but the effort to re-route distribution via trucks has provoked long lines at gas stations while threatening to crimp the economy and damage his popularity if shortages persist.

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