PAN leader blasts PRI on drug trafficking

Speaking at the annual banker’s convention in Acapulco, PAN party president Germán Martínez blasted the PRI: “It’s time for the PRI to define fully if it will support the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime. … President Felipe Calderón and the PAN are on the side of security. We want to know what side the PRI is on.” The PANista, who was sharing the podium with PRI leader Beatriz Paredes, said, “The old political culture of the country, the culture of deals, of accommodation, isn’t the way to confront organized crime, nor will it generate a viable and durable atmosphere for public peace.” In her response, Paredes called Martinez’s statements a “lamentable spectacle” and “very damaging to democracy.” (Proceso 3/19)

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