AP

A government investigation has cleared Mexican President Enrique Pe√Īa Nieto, his wife and the country‚Äôs finance minister of any wrongdoing in a scandal involving luxury homes they bought from government contractors.

A special prosecutor appointed by the president said on Friday that no evidence had been found of a conflict of interest in property transactions with companies that went on to win government contracts during Pe√Īa Nieto‚Äôs time in office first as a state governor and later as president.

‚ÄúThere wasn‚Äôt any participation from Enrique Pe√Īa Nieto in the contracting procedures, which excludes the existence of a benefit, profit or advantage,‚ÄĚ Virgilio Andrade, the special prosecutor, told reporters.

Earlier this year, Pe√Īa Nieto, facing slumping popularity ratings over the scandal, ordered the investigation of himself, First Lady Angelica Rivera and Finance Minister Luis Videgaray over the allegations, which surfaced after a series of media investigations into real estate deals involving top officials in the Mexican government.

Concluding a six-month investigation, Andrade said Pe√Īa Nieto and Videgaray purchased the homes from government contractors Constructora Urbanizadora Ixtapan and Grupo Higa before they held positions in the federal government.

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The special prosecutor has published the findings of his investigation on the website of the government’s top transparency agency.