|Published : 19 Apr 2017, 18:06:22|
Corruption, not Trump’s proposed revisit of NAFTA deal, emerging as moot Mexican electoral issue
Corruption tends now to shape up as the ‘leitmotif’ of next year’s presidential race in Mexico, according to a global media report.
This appears to be a more serious issue than that of US President Donald Trump’s threatened renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the report indicated.
The arrests of two fugitive former governors from Mexico’s ruling party within a week -- Javier Duarte, who is accused of bankrupting the southern state of Veracruz before absconding last year, and of Tomás Yarrington of the state of Tamaulipas, who enjoyed state-assigned bodyguards for part of his five years on the run from money-laundering and drugs charges -- give a picture of some startling developments, the report indicated.
In the midst of such developments, President Enrique Peña Nieto have welcomed the arrests, terming them as a “convincing message” on Mexico’s commitment to fight corruption, it added.
But criticisms are growing at the same time about the number of other former senior officials still wanted, and the slow progress in arming a new anti-corruption system with a prosecutor to lead the fight against endemic graft, it added.
Critics note this as a lack of political will to match the rhetoric, according to the critics.