Paraguay

Paraguay
Saturday, June 30th 2012 - 03:43 UTC

Mercosur Secretary General resigns and walks out from the Mendoza summit

Pinheiro Guimaraes complained of lack of political support

Mercosur Secretary General Samuel Pinheiro Guimaraes resigned to his post in the midst of the Mendoza summit following a strong exchange with the group of Foreign Ministers, indicated reports from Buenos Aires.

Friday, June 29th 2012 - 06:25 UTC

Brazil/Uruguay overrule Argentina: no Mercosur economic sanctions on Paraguay

Brazilian Foreign Minister Patriota was the spokesperson for the group

Mercosur will not impose economic sanctions on Paraguay despite concerns over the ousting of the country's president, officials said on Thursday evening at the summit taking place in Mendoza, Argentina.

Friday, June 29th 2012 - 06:22 UTC

Unasur will debate how to remove the group’s presidency from ‘illegitimate’ Paraguay

Foreign minister Fernandez Estigarribia, “they have no right to kick us out of any meeting”

Besides the Mercosur summit, the Argentine city of Mendoza will also be hosting on Friday an emergency meeting from the Union of South American nations to discuss Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo’s swift removal and replacement by a government which has triggered strong resistance in the continent.

Friday, June 29th 2012 - 06:19 UTC

Former impeached Brazilian president argues the “process in Paraguay was legal”

Collor de Melo resigned before his removal from office on corruption charges

The removal of Fernando Lugo from the Paraguayan Executive office was legal, said Brazilian former president and Senator Fernando Collor, quoted by O’Globo. He insisted there was “no coup”.

Friday, June 29th 2012 - 04:54 UTC

Ban Ki-moon calls for peaceful resolution of Paraguayan situation

Ban Ki-moon with Fernando Lugo on 21 September 2011.

Ahead of a regional meeting on Paraguay, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on all concerned to “work in the days ahead to ensure the peaceful resolution of differences” which led to the removal of the Paraguayan president.

Thursday, June 28th 2012 - 08:02 UTC

US will wait for OAS report before deciding on Paraguayan situation

Ms Nuland, “I was very careful to say we hadn’t used the word (coup)”

United States strongly supports the Organization of American States Council decision to send a top level delegation to Paraguay headed by Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza, said on Wednesday US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland during the daily briefing.

Thursday, June 28th 2012 - 07:37 UTC

Paraguay manufacturers support the country’s expulsion from Mercosur

“We’re going to lose less money”, said business leader Felippo

Paraguay’s head of the Industrial Union Eduardo Felippo said that he’s supportive of the possibility that the country is excluded from Mercosur, adding that “the rest of the members are going to lose more money than us”

Wednesday, June 27th 2012 - 17:15 UTC

Paraguay accuses Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay of a new “Triple Alliance”

Ambassador Saguier managed to delay any OAS decision on the Paraguayan case

The new Paraguayan government claimed before the Organization of American States, OAS, that Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay are again involved in a “Triple Alliance” to have the country ousted from the inter-American organization as is happening with Mercosur and Unasur.

Wednesday, June 27th 2012 - 08:20 UTC

Paraguay “back to business as usual” but with a shadow “legitimate” government

Lugo said he would not be attending the Mercosur summit in Mendoza

Ousted Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo announced on Tuesday that he will not be attending the coming Mercosur summit scheduled to take place this Thursday and Friday in Mendoza.

Tuesday, June 26th 2012 - 22:16 UTC

Paraguay: Back to Latin America's bad old days? (*)

Lugo’s removal, a bump in the long road for Paraguayan democracy (Photo AP)

While the ouster of Paraguay’s president is a setback to the young democracy of the country, it shouldn’t be viewed as a repeat of Latin America’s history of coup d’états. The painful process of democratic maturity will continue, albeit slowly.

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