Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

What happens when a Mexican governor just disappears?

Just when it looks like the system is working, a governor vanishes.

Disappearing Duarte: Where is Veracruz's governor?
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Javier Duarte de Ochoa was, until 12 October, the governor of the Mexican oil-rich state of Veracruz.

He stood down to face corruption charges but a week later he had given the authorities the slip.

Nobody is quite sure where he is…

Javier Duarte became governor of Veracruz in 2010 and was quickly embroiled in corruption allegations.

He is suspected of having siphoned off at least 645 million Mexican pesos ($35m; £29m) of public money that was put into a series of shell companies.

Last week, Mexico's Attorney-General Arely Gomez said an arrest warrant had been issued for Mr Duarte on suspicion of involvement in organised crime and money laundering…

Mr Duarte has denied the allegations made against him…

"The suspicion among the people of Veracruz is that there was a pact between the federal government and Duarte to escape and not face justice," Mr Olvera Rivera says.

He says that people in Veracuz suspect that some of the public money allegedly siphoned off by Mr Duarte was used to finance President Enrique Pena Nieto's presidential campaign.

"All the PRI governors in 2012 transferred huge amounts of money for his presidential campaign, so he owes them a huge favour," he alleges.

Distrust in Mexican politics in Veracruz is strong…

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