Analysis: Mexico’s Anti-Corruption Effort Making Significant Waves

by Colonel on February 28, 2013

“The arrest of Mexico’s best-known trade union leader on fraud charges has thrown down the gauntlet to powerful interests standing between President Enrique Pena Nieto and his plans to shake up Latin America’s second-biggest economy.

For a generation, even presidents shied away from taking on teachers’ union boss Elba Esther Gordillo, making her Mexico’s most prominent female politician and a formidable enemy to those who accused her of fostering corruption rather than education.

Pena Nieto said on Wednesday that he would work with the teachers’ union to improve the education system and promised not to interfere in the investigation of Gordillo.

The Mexican president is preparing to launch a series of ambitious measures that aim to overhaul taxes, open up state oil giant Pemex to more private capital and ease tycoon Carlos Slim’s tight grip on Mexico’s telecommunications industry.

” – (Additional reporting by Gabriel Stargardter and Lizbeth Diaz; Editing by Kieran Murray, Simon Gardner and Xavier Briand), Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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