Mexico puts freeze on casino licences

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No more casino licences will be allowed in Mexico with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador asking the Secretary of the Interior, Olga Sánchez Cordero, to carry out an investigation into whether licences have been issued unlawfully.



The President said there were question marks over some of the licences issued under President Vicente Fox’s administration, saying the processes to award them were “inadequate.”

Presidente López said: “We are going to ‘clean up’ the government. We have a problem and we are going to solve it because we are coherent and persistent. We want no more casinos to open and no more permits to be granted. Some that began during Vicente Fox’s administration were not adequate. We are not going to grant such permits.

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“Some licences may have been issued but that is because we need to clean up the government and we have been doing that for a long time now, but we are not done yet.

“It is sometimes noted that for each authorised casino about seven million pesos are obtained,” he added. “We would have to look into that. The Secretary of the Interior has to conduct an investigation and if these licences have been wrongfully granted, they should be revoked.”

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