Mexican lawmakers demand president detail wealth after misrepresentation

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto gestures during an investment announcement on May 29. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters)
Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto gestures during an investment announcement on May 29. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

By Simon Gardner / Reuters

Mexico’s president came under pressure on Friday to fully disclose his financial assets following a Reuters report on Thursday that he had misrepresented the circumstances under which he acquired a property in a lakeside retreat near Mexico City.

Opposition lawmakers from left and right called on President Enrique Pena Nieto to detail all of his properties, saying he had undermined his own efforts to battle corruption.

Meanwhile, legal experts and two former government officials tasked with overseeing public servants, said the assertion by Pena Nieto’s office that the plot of land was donated by his father was inaccurate, if, as the public registry document seen by Reuters stated, he was named as sole purchaser.

“He is falsifying,” said Elizabeth Yanez, a lawmaker from the center-right opposition National Action Party (PAN) and a member of the transparency committee in Mexico’s lower house.

An official at the president’s office declined to comment on the objections to how the property was described in the official document.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/30/us-mexico-politics-property-idUSKBN0OF03Y20150530

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