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.