But some experts on U.S.-Mexico relations say that what the party is likely to do — focus on the most brutal elements of organized crime — isn’t deal-making or playing favorites, but instead similar to what American law enforcement does: focus resources where they are needed most...

Andrew Selee, a senior adviser at the Woodrow Wilson’s International Center for Scholars’ Mexico Institute, said that although the change might sound alarm bells for U.S. lawmakers, it’s not an uncommon practice here.

“I think (deal-making and policing) blend into each other a little bit, and that will be hard for people to take,” he said. “I think you are going to see a greater emphasis on strategic policing and prosecution, which is going after the worst offenders first.

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