Warrant for Mexican Ex-Official, Now on the Run, Is Seen as a Step in Graft Fight

20/10/16 The New York Times

DuarteMEXICO CITY — The lush Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, Mexico, suffered all kinds of mismanagement during the nearly six years that Javier Duarte was governor.

Tens of millions of dollars meant for social programs were diverted to phantom companies. Older people were so impoverished by looting of the state’s pension funds that they marched in protest. The state’s main university was stripped of much of its budget. And all the while, Veracruz was plagued by violence, including the murder of 17 journalists, according to figures compiled by a special state committee.

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