Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto has apologized for a damaging conflict of interest scandal in 2014 surrounding his wife’s purchase of a $7 million luxury home from a government contractor.
Peña Nieto made what was an unusually frank apology for a Mexican leader over the scandal as he signed into law a new anti-corruption system that the government hopes will boost its credibility in the run-up to the 2018 presidential elections.
Addressing political leaders at the unveiling of the new anti-graft rules that increase oversight of politicians, Peña Nieto admitted the scandal had damaged the Mexican people’s faith in the presidency and the government.
“For this reason, with all humility I ask your forgiveness,” he said. “I reiterate my sincere and profound apology for the offense and indignation I have caused you.”
The president stressed he had not broken the law, and pledged to redouble efforts to fight graft in Mexico.