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Paraguay

Paraguay: will Lugo take the road of Chavez or Lula?

Fernando Lugo is the new president of Paraguay. The 57-year old former Roman Catholic bishop won 42 per cent of the vote, easily beating the conservative Colorado party's 32 per cent and ending 61 years of its rule. For 35 of these years the Colorados acted as a willing support to the anticommunist regime of general Alfredo Stroessner. From the 1950s to the late 1980s the Catholic Church was the only institution that provided some sort of public opposition to Stroessner. Read more...