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Mexican Senator wants constitutional rank to fight against corruption.

The  mexican Political Party PAN presented in the Senate a proposal to raise to constitutional status the fight against corruption.

The Mexican Constitution of 1857

They want to create  a specialized body to fight corruption among legislators, governors, the President of the Republic and any federal or state officials who commit violations of the mexican laws or omissions in its functions.

It provides that any citizen can lodge complaints against officials at the Chamber of Deputies.

At the introduction in public of  the initiative, Senator Fernando Elizondo Barragán (PAN) recalled that the latest survey by Transparency International showed that only 9% of Mexicans believe that government’s fight against corruption is effective, 20% say that there is no struggle against corruption, 43% believe that the government not only failed to fight corruption, but rather promotes it, while 27% think that the fight is ineffective.

The senator reminded that currently the Federal Law on Responsibilities of Public Servants regulates the actions or omissions of officials, but it lacks a specific autonomous agency to punish corruption.

The proposal, which was referred to congressional committees for legislative review, seeks to create the Federal Commission on Combating Corruption, which would absorb the PGR powers to punish criminally senators, congressmen, federal or local authorities, judges, governors and public officials for acts of corruption or omissions incurred during  their time in public service.

“The President of the Republic, during the time of its commission, may be impeached only for proved indictments of treason and felony”.

He explained that the Federal Commission on Combating Corruption will coordinate investigators, agents and other personnel and give discipline needed to execute their actions.