/ Modified nov 7, 2016 3:44 p.m.

Laws in Mexico to Target Drug Cartels and Corrupt Politicians

Group of lawyers and organizations have been working to establish independent anticorruption institutions.

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Game-changing anticorruption laws are scheduled to go into effect in Mexico on the arrival of the new year.

Seven new laws will take aim at Mexico’s drug cartels and corrupt politicians. The cities of Phoenix and Tucson have been trying to increase business with Mexico. Advocates say these new laws will give those doing business in there more confidence in the system.

Pedro Salazar Ugarte, executive director of the Legal Research Institute at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, was part of the original group of constitutional lawyers, civic organizations and educational institutions that pushed through these laws in spite of opposition from government officials. He was in Tucson recently to speak to a group of local business people.

"In Mexico many changes are happening now.” he said. "This is an authority that will be autonomous from the government.”

The Mexican Constitution was revamped and the new laws will take the power of prosecution for corruption away from the government and put it in the hands of independent institutions.

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