Published On: Tue, Jul 12th, 2016

Federal government will challenge laws shielding outgoing governors in Quintana Roo and Veracruz

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MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s federal government will file challenges with the country’s Supreme Court against laws enacted in two states that purport to be anti-corruption but may really intend to protect outgoing governors, officials told the Associated Press.

State congresses in the eastern states of Quintana Roo and Veracruz have in recent weeks passed laws or adjusted existing ones that they say will help combat corruption. But critics have said the changes are intended to protect their outgoing governors from prosecution.

Javier Duarte, (left), and Roberto Borge, outgoing governors of Veracruz and Quintana Roo, respectively. (PHOTO: carloscantonzetina.blogspot.com)

Javier Duarte, (left),, and Roberto Borge, outgoing governors of Veracruz and Quintana Roo, respectively. (PHOTO: carloscantonzetina.blogspot.com)

Federal Deputy Attorney General Salvador Sandoval said that the state laws contravene a national anti-corruption system. Critics have said the laws would allow the naming of anti-corruption prosecutors loyal to the outgoing governors.

Both governors are from the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, which lost both states in June elections. President Enrique Peña Nieto has been accused by critics of not being committed to fighting corruption.
Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte reacted to the federal challenge by saying he would urge state lawmakers to call off the search for a missing anti-corruption prosecutor.
Source: ap.org

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