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Mexico's Pena Nieto Signs New Anti-corruption Law

  • Reuters

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (L) applauds with Mexico Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong during a ceremony to sign into law a new-anti corruption legislation, at the National Palace in Mexico City, May 4, 2015.

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (L) applauds with Mexico Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong during a ceremony to sign into law a new-anti corruption legislation, at the National Palace in Mexico City, May 4, 2015.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday signed into law new anti-corruption legislation that was fast-tracked by his government, which is seeking to put a series of conflict of interest scandals behind it.

But the new law, passed by Congress last month and which includes constitutional changes, will not likely be implemented until lawmakers pass a number of related secondary laws, a process that could take months.

Opposition parties joined with Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to approve the law, but some anti-corruption organizations have expressed concern the legislation is merely a face-lift that will not address the country's poor record of prosecuting corruption.

Pena Nieto's focus on reforming Mexico's struggling economy has been overshadowed by scandals underscoring rampant impunity, and passage of the law could ease pressure on his party ahead of elections in June.

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