sábado, 23 de junio de 2012

Paraguay sacks its president

Parliament in Asunción voted to dismiss Paraguay's socialist President Fernando Lugo on 22 June, in an abrupt move denounced as a coup by several Latin American states, Reuters news agency reported on 23 June. The lower chamber voted on 21 June to allow Lugo to be tried in the Senate, as the constitution permits; the Senate concluded on 22 June - with a vote of 39 to four - that Lugo was unfit for office, mainly for mishandling rural disorders that provoked 17 deaths on 15 June. Parliament swore in a more conservative Vice-President Federico Franco as president until elections scheduled for April 2013. He is a member of the Authentic Radical Liberal Party (PLRA) and considered closer to business and landowning sectors. Leftist governments in the region - Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia - and the Dominican Republic refused to recognise the "coup" presidency.