Mercosur tribunal will rule on Paraguay’s appeal questioning suspension
Mercosur Review Standing Tribunal admitted the demand presented by the government of President Federico Franco against the suspension of Paraguay and thus object the incorporation of Venenzuela as full member of the regional block
One of the legal experts from the Paraguayan Foreign Ministry, Ernesto Velazquez confirmed the appeal presented by Paraguay last 9 July.
The tribunal that will discuss the issue is made up of Argentina’s Carlos Maria Correa; Paraguay’s Roberto Ruiz Diaz; Uruguay's Jose Maria Gamio and Wilber Barral and Jorge Luis Fontora from Brazil.
“As of today (Tuesday) the members have six days running to come to a ruling, so that means that at the latest on Sunday we must have a reply to our claim”, said Velazquez.
The legal advisor said he trusted the members of the tribunal will act accordingly and again insisted that the latest resolutions adopted by Mercosur, “are void of all legality”.
“If the Paraguayan demand is accepted the decisions adopted at the Mercosur Mendoza summit (suspension of Paraguay and incorporation of Venezuela) will have no effect, which is what corresponds from a strict juridical interpretation, but if the ruling is negative for Paraguay, we have the right to other international instances where to appeal, but we trust the decision will be favourable for us”, explained Velazquez.
Paraguay was suspended by its Mercosur full peers because the removal of Fernando Lugo was seeing as a “democratic fracture”, despite the fact the political impeachment was done according to constitutional procedure.
President Federico Franco who was the running mate of Lugo in the presidential ticket of 2008, is a member of the Authentic Radical Liberal party, (‘liberals’) took office as president last June 22, a few hours after the Senate removed Lugo from office for his mishandling of government affairs in a trial criticized for its very summary condition.
Under the Paraguayan constitution the Vice-president replaces the President in case of vacancy generated as a consequence of specific conditions such was the case with the former bishop Lugo.