Sandoval and Sánchez: court challenge announced. Sandoval and Sánchez: court challenge announced.

Feds will challenge legislation by 3 states

New laws have been seen as measures to protect governors from corruption charges

Ad hoc anti-corruption measures set in motion by the governors of Veracruz, Quintana Roo and Chihuahua, seen by many as a means of protecting themselves against corruption charges after they leave office, are being challenged by the federal Attorney General.


The challenge will be made before the Supreme Court of Justice under orders issued by President Enrique Peña Nieto.

In a joint press conference, the spokesman for the president’s office, Eduardo Sánchez, and Deputy Attorney General Salvador Sandoval stated that the federal administration will not allow legislation that conflicts with the National Anti-corruption System, or laws that aim to benefit local politicians.

Sánchez said that no institution or public official, at no matter what level of government, can act outside the law.

The congresses of Veracruz and Quintana Roo have approved several reforms and undertaken certain actions that contravene the meaning and goals of the May 27 constitutional reforms which created the National Anti-corruption System. Its goal, said Sandoval, was “putting a stop to abuse of power, not fostering it.”

He added that local congresses should wait for the set of laws included in the system to be issued, because states will be required to adhere to those regulations, which have not yet been published.


Sánchez said the president will soon issue the last set of laws that will set in motion the implementation of the anti-corruption system.

The court challenge will be received shortly by a federal judge, but the states’ new laws will continue to be in effect until a decision is made, which might not come until near the end of the year, or in 2017.

Last month, the Veracruz congress created an anti-corruption court, giving Governor Javier Duarte the final say in who its members will be. Duarte’s six-year term ends in November.

The congress of Quintana Roo approved a similar set of reforms in June and Chihuahua Governor César Duarte has done the same.

The three Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) governors have been accused of mismanagement of state funds, and their recent moves have been seen as means of bulletproofing themselves before their successors, all of whom are opposition party members, can take any action against them.

Source: Reforma (sp), Milenio (sp)

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  • Güerito

    To even call these measures passed in these three states “reforms” or “anti-corruption measures” is to misuse the English language.

  • Herradura Plata

    Important story. Probably all PR fizz. The morning President Peña Nieto wakes up to a positive, supportive editorial in the Economist, or the New York Times, will be the morning after he makes this sort of legal initiative actually stick, and these white collar gansters — members of his own PRI party — do not “pass go” but proceed to the slammer.

    • Güerito

      Ain’t gonna happen. These three governors, along with the defeated PRI Governor in Tamps., were an important part of the team that got EPN elected! During the campaign he spoke of the two Duartes and Borge as the “new generation” of PRI leaders he was part of.

      Little known fact: Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte is a big admirer of the late Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.

  • Rob Mellors

    Interesting, let’s see what happens with this. Could be a good on-going story, or a damp squib!

  • Peter Maiz

    The truth is hat these PPI governors have been particularly pernicious as far as state coffers go.