Central American Parliament could promote laws that are valid regionally

Parlacen will have new powers to push through the process of economic integration on the isthmus.

Friday, August 29, 2008


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According to Julio Gonzalez, president of forum, Parlacen could promote laws that are valid regionally while previously it was limited to recommending changes in the laws of member countries.

"The expectations are very good because we are becoming the link in the integration, the objective is that in time we become one country, the Central American country," said Gonzalez to AFP.

Parlacen is made up of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Belize int he process of joining the multilateral legislative organization.

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