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LatinNews Daily - 10 June 2016

Peña Nieto redoubles efforts to fight corruption in Mexico

Development: On 9 June Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto appealed to the federal congress to expedite the approval of the secondary legislation pertaining to a national anti-corruption system (SNA) created by his government in April 2015.

Significance:
The timing of Peña Nieto’s comments is noteworthy. They follow in the wake of several humbling defeats sustained by the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) in the gubernatorial, state legislative, and municipal elections held on 5 June. Peña Nieto’s remarks would seem to confirm the findings of a rapid post-mortem that the public punished the PRI in states where allegations of embezzlement and impropriety have dogged incumbent governors, especially in Tamaulipas, Chihuahua, and Veracruz, which have known no government other than the PRI in nearly 90 years.

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