Friday, July 6, 2012

2012 Presidential (Non-)Elections: Paraguay

This is the sixth in a series of posts on the numerous presidential elections this year. The first five posts were on the elections in Taiwan, RussiaSenegal, France, and Egypt.

On June 22, Luis Federico Franco Gómez became president of Paraguay. This was technically not an election, but the political circumstances and of course the change of a head of state are significant. Franco was of course the next in line, as he had been vice president to Fernando Lugo, who was impeached on the 21st in a controversial move by the Paraguayan Senate. And he was elected by the people in 2008 to be Lugo's second-in-command.

This is bad news for those think that Lugo's impeachment amounted to a coup. Lugo accepted his impeachment but did refer to it as a "parliamentary coup." It also bad news for those who liked Lugo because of his close ties with Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and his Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas.

This is good news for those who want to uphold Paraguay's constitution and those who want to see Paraguay move a bit further away from Chávez and the direction he is trying to take the continent.

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