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Latino Daily News

Saturday February 12, 2011

OAS calls for Limits on Presidential Terms in Latin America

OAS calls for Limits on Presidential Terms in Latin America

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The Organization of American States, (OAS), Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza called for democracies to impose limits on Latin America’s presidential successive re-election.

“Democracy by nature requires limits,” said Insulza who participated in Bogotá in a forum to celebrate the 100 years of the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.

“We can’t deny there’s a clear and very strong weakness of Latin-American institutions, particularly those referred to the Executive and the tendency to change for governments bolstering individual figures”.

Insulza said “power must be shared, but we are going through a very complicated period where power is highly concentrated”.

Furthermore there’s “a weakening of those institutions which exercise control over the running of government, difficulties for common citizens to express their grievances, plus violence, abuse and threats to the free press”