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Thu Jun 21, 2012, 12:47 PM

Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo faces impeachment

Source: BBC

21 June 2012 Last updated at 15:41 GMT

Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo faces impeachment

Paraguay's parliament has voted to have President Fernando Lugo impeached after last week's deadly land clashes.

The opposition-controlled Chamber of Deputies voted for the move by 73 votes to one.

Mr Lugo has faced severe criticism over his handling of a forced land eviction in which seven police officers and at least nine farmers were killed.

The vote has to pass to the Senate, also opposition controlled, for approval.

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Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-18535552

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Reply Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo faces impeachment (Original post)
Eugene Jun 2012 OP
EFerrari Jun 2012 #1
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Judi Lynn Jun 2012 #3
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Judi Lynn Jun 2012 #5
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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 02:11 PM

1. Oh, no.

There's so much going on, I missed this altogether.

Thank you for posting it, Eugene.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 03:50 PM

2. looks like he will likely be ousted

while the opposition controls both houses, I doubt they control all but one seat in the lower house. 76-1 vote for impeachment.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 05:36 PM

3. Apparently dictator Stroessner's party has re-exerted its control once more.

It's sad to learn this has happened. Stroessner has been known to be responsible for genocide for many years, with
material support from the U.S. continually, except for Jimmy Carter's step away from him.

A brief look at this grotesquerie:

Stroessner objected to President Federico Chávez' plans to arm the national police and threw him out of office in a coup d'état on May 4, 1954. After a brief interim presidency by Tomás Romero, Stroessner was the only candidate in a special election on July 11 to complete Chávez' term. He was reelected seven times—in 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, and 1988. He appeared alone on the ballot in 1958. In his other elections, he won by implausibly high margins; the opposition was lucky to get over 20 percent of the vote. He served for 35 years, with only Fidel Castro having a longer tenure among 20th century Latin American leaders.

Soon after taking office, Stroessner declared a state of siege, which allowed him to suspend civil liberties and rule by decree. It was renewed every 90 days until 1987. Although the state of siege was technically restricted to the capital after 1970, the courts ruled that anyone charged with security offenses could be brought to the capital and indicted under the state-of-siege provisions. Thus, for all intents and purposes, Stroessner ruled under what amounted to martial law for virtually his entire tenure. A devoted anti-communist, he justified this action as a necessary tool to protect the country.

Under Stroessner, egregious human rights violations were committed against the Ache Indian population of Paraguay's east-coast. The Ache Indians resided on land that was coveted by foreign multinationals and had resisted relocation attempts by the Paraguayan army. The government retaliated with massacres and forced many Ache into slavery. In 1974 the UN accused Paraguay of slavery and genocide.


The news we saw in 2008 at D.U., when Lugo was elected:

Six decades of one-party rule ended in Paraguay
Former Catholic bishop wins with mandate to help the poor and indigenous
updated 4/21/2008 2:12:01 PM ET

ASUNCION, Paraguay — The world’s longest-ruling political party lost its six-decade grasp on power in Paraguay with the presidential victory of a former Roman Catholic bishop.

Political newcomer Fernando Lugo, a charismatic 56-year-old who resigned from the church to run for president, put an end to the Colorado Party’s 61-year reign in Sunday’s election, rallying voters against political corruption and economic disarray.

Emerging from a 1947 civil war, the Colorado Party was marked by the right-wing dictatorship of the late Gen. Alfredo Stroessner until his ouster in 1989.

More: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24232165/ns/world_news-americas/t/six-decades-one-party-rule-ended-paraguay/

A look at the "Golden era" of Paraguay's rule of one party, the Colorado Party, from a timeline:
Stroessner regime

1955: Stroessner declares state of siege and removes various civil rights from the people.

1959: Achne tribe enslaved and wiped out by order of Stroessner

1965-66: Assists USA in the invasion of the Dominican Republic

1972: University of Asunción is destroyed by police. The Archbishop of Paraguay, Ismael Rolón Silvero, excommunicates chief of police and minister of the interior

1974: Human rights abuses in Paraguay come to notice internationally, and Stroessner is accused of Slavery, Genocide (of tribes), corruption, torture and kidnapping, as well as supposedly protecting ex-Nazis living in Paraguay

1988: Pope John-Paul II visits Paraguay, increasing anti-Stroessner morale

1989: General Andrés Rodríguez starts an uprising against Stroessner, and succeeds after an artillery duel over Asunción, after which Stroessner flees to Brazil. Rodriguez appointed president after 35 years of oppression

Modern Period

1992: Rodriguez makes reforms including abolishing the death penalty, releasing many political prisoners and slaves and prosecutes and imprisons the main perpetrators of Stroessner's regime.

1993: Juan Carlos Wasmosy is elected president. However, he frees several of Stroessner's associates from prison, and re-posts them to their former government positions.

1996: Field marshal Lino Oviedo attempts coup against Wasmosy, but is imprisoned, much to the distress of the Paraguayan public

1998: Raúl Cubas Grau elected under promise that Oviedo would be released, but does not perpetrate action. After his vice president Luis María Argaña is murdered with Cubas himself implicated, mass protests erupt in Asunción, with seven people killed by riot police

1999: Cubas resigns, Oviedo flees to Argentina Luis Ángel González Macchi elected president

2003: Nicanor Duarte is elected president

2004: Fire breaks out in the Ycuá Bolaños supermarket. 400 people killed and 500 injured

2008: Fernando Lugo is elected president. After a 66 year era of Colorado rule, the Liberal Party has returned to power


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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 05:46 PM

4. looks like Lugo has no support

Franco has been a fierce critic of the president and hails from the Liberal Party, which withdrew its support from Lugo on Thursday and ordered its four cabinet ministers to quit. That cleared the way for the impeachment effort.

"The Liberal Party carries no political responsibility for Lugo's government," said party president Blas Llano.

Lugo's Liberal Party allies were angered by the president's decision to replace the interior minister with a former state prosecutor linked to the rightist Colorado Party following last week's bloodshed.


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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 03:22 AM

5. Unasur delegation travels to Paraguay to ensure “democratic system integrity”

Thursday, June 21st 2012 - 23:32 UTC
Unasur delegation travels to Paraguay to ensure “democratic system integrity”

A delegation of Foreign Affairs ministers should be arriving late Thursday to Asunción where the Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo is facing political impeachment that could have him out of office.

“The heads of state from Unasur (Union of South American Nations) have decided to send a delegation of Foreign Affairs ministers to Paraguay given the political situation in that country”, announced the Ecuadorean minister Ricardo Patiño in his Twitter.

The Unasur leaders in Brazil on Thursday summoned an urgent meeting to address the political crisis situation in Paraguay, said Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa during the early discussions of the Rio+20 summit. He suggested that Unasur could consider implementing the protocol against coups.

“President Correa insists that democracy is based on legality and legitimacy, regarding the political crisis in Paraguay”, added Patiño in his twitted message.

The Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo in his daily updates reported that according to Itamaraty sources the Unasur heads of state are supporting President Lugo since they consider the impeachment process “a camouflaged coup” to oust the Paraguayan elected leader.


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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 03:03 PM

6. I hope they succeed.


This is clearly a coup attempt.

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