Mexico City, D.F – Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, publicly apologized for a scandal two years ago that involved the purchase of his wife’s house. At the time of the unveiling of the purchase, Peña Nieto reacted angrily when he and his wife were criticized for buying the luxury home.
The $7-million-dollar house was bought from Grupo Higa, a major government contractor, and was said to have been purchased by his wife from her savings as an actress. Although she returned the mansion she had been making monthly installments on, it later emerged that Peña Nieto’s finance minister also purchased a house from Grupo Higa.
The public apology came on the heels of the new anti-corruption laws that were put into place June 18 by Peña Nieto. Although the president says he did not break any laws, he did say that the scandal damaged the Mexican people’s faith in his presidency and the government and that he promises to continue efforts to fight corruption.
“I admit I made a mistake. For this reason, with all humility I ask your forgiveness.”
“I repeat my sincere and profound apology for the offence and indignation I have caused you.”
The president briefly made reference to the initial report published by Aristegui News that broke the scandal, but did not make mention of the widespread outrage the home purchase caused. Peña Nieto’s party, the PRI, suffered severe losses around the country in the recent June elections.