* Due to technical difficulties, the publication of this article was delayed from its original postdate of March 28, 2013.
03/28/13 – On Tuesday, March 26, the office of the Attorney General of Mexico (Procuraduría General de la República, PGR) announced that it would be dissolving the Council of Citizen Participation (Consejo de Participacion Cuidadana, CPC), an oversight committee within the PGR. Weeks after taking office in December 2012, President Enrique Pena Nieto observed that the PGR was in need of a new structure and new investment.
Following the decision to shut down the CPC, a decision that was made public when it was published in the Mexican Official Journal of the Federation (Diario Oficial de la Federación, DOF), Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam argued that the PGR has become bloated and inefficient, thus requiring a major restructuring. Murillo explained that the dissolution of the CPC was a step in this process of restructure and reform that would result in a more efficient PGR and would “rationalize the use of public resources.” Furthermore, the Attorney General promised that his office would create new internal watchdog mechanisms and committees in the future.
The CPC was created in 2002 by then Attorney General Rafael Macedo de la Concha. The citizen-staffed CPC was designed to act as an internal counterweight to the PGR. The council was in theory made up of Mexican citizens with no political affiliation, no governmental office or criminal conviction. The council was created to serve the citizens interests in the PGR, but by the end the former had begun to lose its moral position, as seen the councils last president, Alejandro Puente Córdoba, unsuccessfully attempt to obtain a plurinominal seat in the federal senate.