Mexico's latest captured ex-governor once party's future
FILE – In this Aug. 5, 2016, file photo, the former Governor of Veracruz state, Javier Duarte speaks to reporters as he leaves the Attorney General’s headquarters in Mexico City. Mexican authorities say fugitive former Veracruz Gov. Duarte has been detained in Guatemala. A statement from the federal Attorney General’s Office late Saturday, April 15, 2017, says Duarte was detained in the Guatemalan municipality of Panajachel, in Solola department. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
MEXICO CITY — Mexico has a long history of corrupt fugitive governors, including one who was arrested in Italy just last week, but former Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte stands out.
Since his arrest in Guatemala Saturday, a video clip from 2012 has been circulating in which then-presidential candidate and now President Enrique Pena Nieto names Duarte as part of a new generation of politicians from the Institutional Revolutionary Party that will be its future.
Duarte, 43, was part of a wave of PRI governors in 2010 that would later propel Pena Nieto — himself also a young PRI governor — into the presidency two years later.
But things spiraled out of control for Duarte. On Monday, he was waiting in a Guatemalan military prison for his initial appearance before a judge on Wednesday.