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Montevideo, January 20th 2019 - 11:04 UTC

Paraguay

  • Monday, June 11th 2018 - 08:16 UTC

    WHO certifies Paraguay malaria-free

     “Success stories like Paraguay’s show what is possible. If malaria can be eliminated in one country, it can be eliminated in all countries” said Dr Adhanom Ghebreyesus

    The World Health Organization (WHO) certified Paraguay as having eliminated malaria, the first country in the Americas to be granted this status since Cuba in 1973. “It gives me great pleasure today to certify that Paraguay is officially free of malaria,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General, in a recorded statement.

  • Thursday, May 31st 2018 - 08:57 UTC

    Paraguay will have a woman president for the first time in history

    Parliament is due to confirm Cartes' resignation and proclaim Pucheta as interim president this week. Pucheta is from the right-wing Colorado Party

    Paraguay will have a woman president for the first time in its history, at least temporarily, after outgoing leader Horacio Cartes decided to step down ahead of schedule. Vice-President Alicia Pucheta, 68, will complete Cartes' mandate after he resigned to become a senator.

  • Tuesday, May 22nd 2018 - 08:24 UTC

    Paraguay officially moves embassy to Jerusalem: Cartes-Netanyahu summit

    Netanyahu gave a speech at the ceremony in which he emphasized that both countries “have great cooperation and it will be even better.”

    Paraguay officially moved the country's embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, with President Horacio Cartes in Israel for the ceremony, also attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Paraguay, a member of Mercosur, is now the third country to move its embassy to Jerusalem, following the United States and Guatemala. The inauguration ceremony took place at noon at the embassy’s new home in the Malkha technology park, which also houses the Guatemalan embassy.

  • Friday, May 11th 2018 - 08:35 UTC

    Paraguay's president “soul brother” accused by Brazil of money laundering

    A Brazilian financial crimes prosecutor on Wednesday accused the president's friend, Dario Messer, of money laundering and criminal association.

    Paraguayan authorizes have issued an arrest warrant for a man President Horacio Cartes has described as his “soul brother” as part of a sweeping investigation into corruption in Latin America.

  • Wednesday, April 25th 2018 - 08:50 UTC

    Paraguay soy farmers hopeful newly elected Senate will not slap levy on exports

    Surveys had projected that the ruling Colorado Party could lose up to seven of the 20 seats it currently controls in the 45-member Senate.

    Paraguay's business-friendly ruling party lost fewer seats in Sunday's Senate election, than expected, ensuring strict fiscal policies while lessening chances of a tax hike on the key soy sector. Farmers in the world's No. 4 soybean exporter had feared that the new Senate might approves a measure, defeated last year, that would slap a 10% levy on exports.

  • Monday, April 23rd 2018 - 09:52 UTC

    Ruling party wins election in Paraguay, but with surprise performance of the opposition

    Mario Abdo Benitez won slightly more than 46% of the vote, with his centrist opponent Efrain Alegre taking almost 43% in a race that was far closer than expected.(Pic AFP)

    Paraguay's Mario Abdo Benitez, “Marito”, who represents the country's long-dominant Colorado Party, was elected as president on Sunday, landing the top job in the country with the smallest economy in Mercosur. The US-educated son of a senior aide to the country's late dictator, Abdo Benitez won slightly more than 46% of the vote, with his centrist opponent Efrain Alegre taking almost 43% in a race that was far closer than expected.

  • Thursday, April 19th 2018 - 07:58 UTC

    All is ready for Paraguay Sunday's presidential election

    Ex Costa Rica president said that on Election Day, “observers will be deployed throughout the country and throughout the day to different polling stations.”

    Former Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla began this week her activities as head of the Organization of American States (OAS) mission that will observe Paraguay’s April 22 elections. During an event at Paraguay’s TSJE electoral court, Chinchilla and the president of the TSJE, Jaime Bestard, signed an agreement establishing the terms of the mission, which will include 39 observers from 14 countries.

  • Wednesday, April 18th 2018 - 07:13 UTC

    Landlocked Paraguay votes on Sunday: ruling party candidate expected to win

    The ruling Colorado Party’s Mario Abdo Benitez and Efraín Alegre (R) of the left-leaning Grand National Renovating Alliance are battling for the presidency.

    With Latin America’s three most populous countries voting for president this year, it’s easy to overlook the election in landlocked Paraguay (population 7 million) that takes place on April 22.

  • Wednesday, April 11th 2018 - 08:46 UTC

    Paraguay: EU election observation mission recommends more transparency in parties financing

    Weber met on Monday with the head of the Superior Electoral Court of Justice (TSJE), Jaime Bestard, to discuss grass root electoral issues

    The head of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EOM) in Paraguay, Romanian liberal Euro-deputy Renate Weber, insisted on the need for “complete transparency in the financing of political parties and the election campaign” ahead of the general election next April 22

  • Saturday, April 7th 2018 - 10:07 UTC

    OAS observation team will monitor Paraguay general elections

    Paraguay Permanent Representative, Elisa Ruiz Díaz, highlighted the strength of Paraguayan democracy and expressed gratitude for OAS institutional support

    The Organization of American States (OAS) and the government of Paraguay signed an agreement to observe the general and departmental elections of April 22, in a ceremony that took place at OAS headquarters in Washington DC.