Puebla Group creates network of progressive parliamentarians
2 de julio de 2020, 0:53
Buenos Aires, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) Almost a year after its birth, the Puebla Group, led by prominent political figures from 14 countries, is gaining strength today with the creation of a progressive parliamentary network in Latin America.
Founded in July, 2019 in the Mexican city of Puebla, the alliance that every day adds more personalities as members and is made up of a president in office (Argentine Alberto Fernández), 10 ex-presidents, former foreign ministers and social leaders, will have as of next Friday a nucleus of progressive parliamentarians who will hold their first virtual meeting.
To the already Latin American Council of Justice and Democracy (Clajud), created with the aim of studying and combatting the use of justice as a weapon of political warfare and its devastating effects on the region's governance and democratic institutions, this initiative is now added.
According to its founders, the brand-new Progressive Parliamentary Group will aim to develop and articulate members' legislative initiatives, so that they can be translated into draft resolutions, declarations and laws in the respective countries; as well as an instance of advice and analysis of issues related to the legislative field.
It is made up of the founding legislators of the Puebla Group, as well as other invited parliamentarians among senators, deputies, legislators and national assemblymen from 10 countries in the region.
At the upcoming meeting on Friday, its creators are scheduled to approve the constitutive declaration of the space, as well as a declaration approving the joint presentation of legislative initiatives to urge governments in the region to consider the vaccine and treatments to cure the Covid-19, as public goods with universal and free access.
This year and especially in times of pandemic, the Puebla Group has had a very active special role with virtual summits in which, among other things, they have advocated the cancellation of public debt in the region and the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade, imposed by the United States on Cuba and Venezuela.
'The Puebla Group wants to integrate the dreams of the progressives of Latin America into one big one. To make the continent a better place for everyone,' say its founders, among whom are former presidents Luis Inacio Lula Da Silva and Dilma Rousseff (Brazil), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), Ernesto Samper (Colombia), Evo Morales (Bolivia) and José Mujica (Uruguay).
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