THE LIBERAL PARTY
It has been said that the Liberal Party is
a fearful opponent when goes out of office. Is it true or
a non confirmed hypothesis? ¿Is it ready to fulfill its responsibilities?
Since the business of opposing is learned
away from office, maybe this assumption comes from the twenty
five years in which the liberal party was kept from any political
action (1933-1957), plus the military blackout (1963-1979),
some 46 years with hardly six liberal years of president Ramón
Villeda Morales (1958-1963).
During authoritarian or fraudulent legal governments
and during the military de facto governments, the opposition,
repressed and concentrated on regaining its political rights,
gets valuable but brief experience, one different from the
usual in democracy: publicly and freely debating the governments'
actions. Furthermore, the four-year period of opposition for
the liberal party during the democratic era started in 1980,
and during the eighteen years of its ruling, some leaders
got used to power, which is a probable cause of the party's
arrogant attitude of invincibility, that somehow contributed
to its recent defeat.
In September 2000, the president of the National
Congress introduced a project to create a law for prevention
and penalization of drug traffic money laundry, which is an
instrument that intends to substitute the useless "Law against
laundry of drug traffic money " approved in 1997. The new
project was passed in august, 2001, but it was never discussed
or was any official explanation given on the legislative process.