VERACRUZ, Mexico – The outgoing-governor of the Mexican state of Veracruz held a press conference to disclose his income and assets amid allegations of malfeasance.
Javier Duarte, whose annual salary is 2.27 million pesos ($120,300), said his two bank accounts hold a total of 1.9 million pesos ($102,000) and that he owns two homes assessed at 700,000 pesos ($37,000) and 1 million pesos ($53,000), respectively.
He also acknowledged possession of 2 million pesos ($106,000) in jewels and coins that he said were a gift from his mother-in-law.
The governor valued his home furnishings and effects at 515,000 pesos ($27,300) and said he owned works of art worth 240,000 pesos ($12,700).
“I repeat and emphasize: I don’t have properties outside the country or proxies, nor illegal real estate,” he said.
Duarte, a member of Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is accused of corruption by Gov.-elect Miguel Angel Yunes.
Criticism of Duarte has intensified since the June 5 election, when a victory for Yunes, representing a coalition of his own conservative PAN and the center-left PRD, put an end to more than 80 years of PRI rule in the Gulf coast state
Less than a week after the ballot, a public outcry forced Duarte to abandon a plan to establish a state anti-corruption apparatus staffed by his own appointees.
Duarte’s term ends in December.