Paraguay’s President Fernando Lugo was impeached and removed from office in a move which took only a few hours. The president was replaced by his deputy after he alienated most of his allies in Congress while pushing for land reforms. But will this coup herald another dark period in the country’s political history?

THE REMOVAL of Paraguay’s President Fernando Lugo took only hours but is a threat to democracy throughout Latin America.

The lightning impeachment by Federico Franco, the vice president, took two hours to complete on June 22, 2012. Mr Franco has been installed as interim leader until elections are due in August 2013.

Congress ousted the left wing pre...

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Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
Paraguay´s history has gone through several dark episodes since the dictator was exiled including the assassination of vice president Luis Maria Argana in 1999, the resignation of President Raul Cubas - who faced a political trial because snipers under his command shot some demonstrators – also in 1999, and several attempted coup d’etats
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