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Controversy Shrouds Upcoming Vote on Mexico’s New Independent Prosecutor

LADB Article ID: 80398
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-09-06
By: Carlos Navarro

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto agreed last November to promote a change to the Constitution to ensure full independence for the head of the new prosecutor’s office, to be known as the Fiscalía General de la República (FGR). The change aimed to eliminate the possibility that the current attorney general, Raúl Cervantes Andrade, who heads the Procuraduría General de la República (PGR), would automatically gain the nine-year appointment to the FGR, as provided by the original wording of the law. But as a result of Senate maneuvers, Attorney General Cervantes Andrade might yet become the head of the FGR. The governing Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) supports nominating him to head the new FGR but lacks the votes in the Senate to make this happen. In what many consider behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing, the PRI is said to have reached a deal with some of the members of the conservative opposition, the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN).

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