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Will new Mexican president make good on anti-corruption promises?

Rodrigo Amaral | July 12, 2018

In the course of a tough electoral campaign, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the future president of Mexico, pledged to fight corruption like none of his predecessors have ever done.

If he keeps to his word, the compliance function within businesses in the country should receive a considerable boost. Recently approved laws have increased the criminal liability of companies in corruption cases, while providing mechanisms for those who have compliance programs to mitigate eventual punishments.

But there are still doubts whether AMLO, as he is popularly known, will really place corruption at the top of his list of priorities.

Obrador, who is often described as a populist left-winger, achieved a landslide victory in July, grabbing a 53 percent of the votes for president, as well as substantive majorities in both houses of the Mexican Congress.

He will take over the government on Dec. 1. with plenty of political capital to make a drive against corruption, a...

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