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Peru shows the way: if elected officials are drugs criminals, their political party can be cancelled from public life.

Peru's President Alan Garcia (L) shakes hands with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the government palace in Lima, April 14, 2010 (Photo Reuters)

Peru, Thursday April 29th.- The President of Perú, Alan García, sent to Congress a bill proposing the cancellation of the registration of political parties in case one of their elected officials is sentenced by the judiciary for committing crimes of drug trafficking or money laundering from the referral offense.

Precisely the Head of State had announced this afternoon that project, saying it should be part of the responsibility of the political movements to select the right candidates, ensuring that politicians must  be suitable for public office and, in the case of drug trafficking, never committed to political activity.

“By doing this, I think we can limit the influence of the drugs trafficking in the political life of our country,”  President Alan Garcia said. Two weeks ago, President garcia received the visit of the DoD Secretary Robert Gates. In that ocassion, U.S. Minister Gates showed total support to the peruvian authorities in the struggle against the illegal drugs trafficking. 

This kind of initiatives, like the one of President Garcia,  must be welcomed by the international community in The Americas, because by doing so many nations can purify its political elites and by doing so to avoid becoming a “narco state”.  READ MORE HERE (in spanish)