Probe clears Mexican president in mansion scandal

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, pictured on July 16, 2015, is cleared of conflict of interest charges after a six month investigation into the purchase of luxury homes from government contractorsMexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto and his finance minister have been cleared of conflict of interest charges after a six-month investigation into their purchase of luxury homes from government contractors, the government said Friday. Virgilio Andrade, the minister for public administration, said no conflict of interest was found to have existed because neither man was in office when they purchased the homes. A scandal arose in November after a newspaper reported that the first lady, Angelica Rivera, bought a $4-million mansion from a major government contractor months before Pena Nieto’s election in 2012.

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