One year ago Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, reeling from conflict of interest allegations over his family’s purchase of luxury homes, signed an anti-graft law before a packed audience at Mexico’s national palace and swore a “firm commitment” to fight corruption. A year later and the secondary bills to implement the measure are languishing in congress.
After successfully championing energy and education overhauls earlier in his term, Pena Nieto has fallen silent in recent weeks amid accusations his own party in Congress is trying to water down the corruption bills.
“There’s resistance, without a doubt,” said Edna Jaime, who heads Mexico Evalua, an organization that presented some of the legislative initiatives. “There’s no presidential leadership pushing this reform.”