Mexico anti-corruption bill hits hurdle, government on defensive

4/29/2016 Reuters

Bernardo Montoya/Reuters
Bernardo Montoya/Reuters

The Mexican government’s pledge to tackle graft suffered a setback on Friday when Congress entered its summer recess having failed to pass anti-corruption legislation that has been stuck in political limbo for months.

Harried by accusations of corruption, President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government last May passed a reform to tighten oversight of public officials, and create a special anti-graft prosecutor.

Those changes were dependent on secondary legislation meant to pass in a year, yet by the end of April, his centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) had only submitted proposals for five of the seven laws the package comprises.

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