27 Sep 2016
Peru’s Popular Force party, led by Keiko Fujimori, has rejected a bill to strengthen prosecutors investigating money laundering, calling into question the party’s commitment to fighting corruption.
The bill would have empowered the government’s Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) to view money transfers when investigating money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Popular Force, which controls Congress with 73 of 130 total votes, rejected the bill one week after high-profile congresswoman Yeni Vilcatoma resigned from the party.
Popular Force representatives said the bill could lead to government gaining political advantages over opponents. They were also concerned over the potential sharing of information with the attorney general’s office and elections authorities.
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