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.

Tuesday, June 26th 2012 - 01:36 UTC

Uruguay will not support any kind of economic sanctions on Paraguay

At the end of the day it’s the people who suffer, said President Mujica

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica rejected on Monday the possibility of applying economic sanctions on Paraguay following on the “parliamentary coup” as was announced by Venezuela which decided to cut the supply of subsidized oil.

Tuesday, June 26th 2012 - 01:33 UTC

Mercosur and Unasur leaders to hold a joint discussion next Friday in Mendoza

Unasur Secretary General Ali Rodríguez is making the contacts

Chilean president Sebastián Piñera revealed that next Friday during the regular Mercosur summit, the leaders of Unasur member states are scheduled to hold an extraordinary meeting to jointly address the political crisis in Paraguay triggered by the removal of President Fernando Lugo.

Tuesday, June 26th 2012 - 00:40 UTC

Paraguayan Electoral tribunal confirms Franco president and the electoral calendar

President Franco has been confirmed by the Supreme Court and Electoral Tribunal

The Paraguayan Supreme Electoral tribunal said on Monday that President Federico Franco “must complete” the current mandate that concludes August 2013 and discarded any possibility of advancing the national elections scheduled for April the same year.

Monday, June 25th 2012 - 19:37 UTC

Canada prepared to accept the new political situation in Paraguay

Foreign Affairs minister of State Ablonczy: President Lugo accepted the Senate’s decision

Canada seems prepared to accept the new political situation in Paraguay following the removal of President Fernando Lugo, and pointed out in an official release that the ousted leader “accepted the decision from the Paraguayan Senate”.

Monday, June 25th 2012 - 07:12 UTC

Paraguay suspended from Mercosur summit which begins Monday

Minister Timerman anticipates further sanctions on the new Paraguayan regime

Mercosur countries decided on Sunday “to suspend with immediate effect” the participation of Paraguay in the coming Mercosur summit and preparatory meetings set to begin Monday until next Friday in Mendoza because of the removal of President Fernando Lugo.

Monday, June 25th 2012 - 06:47 UTC

Lugo will attend Mercosur summit; Unasur chair transfer to be advanced

The former bishop Lugo plans to convene a “democratic restoration cabinet”

Paraguayan removed president Fernando Lugo denied legitimacy to the administration of his successor Federico Franco and announced he will be travelling next week to Mendoza for the Mercosur meeting of presidents scheduled for next June 29.

Monday, June 25th 2012 - 06:25 UTC

Uruguay recommends new presidential elections for the Paraguayan crisis

Ambassador Fischer was recalled from Asuncion for consultations

Uruguay called for strict respect of the Mercosur and Unasur democratic clauses and said the best way out of the current political crisis in Paraguay was to hold presidential elections as soon as possible.

Monday, June 25th 2012 - 06:19 UTC

Brazil says it is “impossible” to force the Paraguayan congress to review the removal of Lugo

Marco Aurelio Garcia will tune in with what is decided by Mercosur

Brazil will wait for the Paraguayan situation caused by the removal of Fernando Lugo “to decant” before assessing the most appropriate measures to address the “rupture of democratic order” in the country, according to Planalto sources.


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