Pena Nieto apologizes for wife’s mansion purchase from government contractor

Mexico’s president gives a speech at the National Palace in Mexico City on Monday. (Henry Romero/Reuters)
Mexico’s president gives a speech at the National Palace in Mexico City on Monday. (Henry Romero/Reuters)

The Guardian

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.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/18/mexico-president-apologizes-luxury-home-contractor

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