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Think tank: Political parties are tools to launder money

Think tank: Political parties have become a tool to launder money

Santo Domingo.- The executive vice president of one of the country’s leading think tanks on Sunday affirmed that the country’s political parties have become a tool to launder money, and don’t identify their donations. “A very serious situation.”

Servio Tulio Castaños, of the Institutionalism and Justice Foundation (FINJUS), warned that the process leading to the general elections on May 15 has been eroding the political parties, which is of great concern for the civil society organization.

“We’ve been surprised, for example, by the strength shown by the Central Electoral Board, that’s a reality,” Castaños said on the program Here is the News, Channel 25.

He said it’s a reversal of what occurred just a few years ago, when political parties had strength during the process, while the JCE was weak. “Now everything’s changed, the electoral entity is stronger, and the political parties are the weak.”

“Look how the political parties, unfortunately, one doesn’t want to say it, but that’s a reality, and the president of the JCE himself has warned, they’ve become a tool to launder, because they don’t identify donations, …that’s very serious,” Castaños said.

He said he hopes that the elections will contribute progress to the national institutions, and stressed the importance of the presidential meetings hosted by Finjus.

“Rascals” in politics

“Rascals” and people who are not professionals in this area have gotten into politics, said the Finjus executive.

“For you to be a politician, you have to be a professional politician, you have to have a background of how the state works, how the institutions that you intend to run work, such as Congress or our municipalities, for example, what is the function of an alderman, how they work, they have to have a vision of what is it that’s being done.”

He said the towns is where the most people take part despite not having a political background.

“In Congress itself for example, where people linked to transport -and not that I criticize it, or people which I believe are linked to transport…they could have the capacity, that is not the debate, it’s that I think this process should take us all, seeing the range of those aspiring to elective posts, is at the center for the entire society to reflect on.”

Source: DT

April 11, 2016

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