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.

Sunday, June 24th 2012 - 02:27 UTC

Franco: “no coup, a change of leadership”; Germany admits new government

The newly named Franco said all was done “in line with the constitution and the country's laws”

“There is no coup here,” assured the new president of Paraguay Federico Franco on Saturday, who acted confidently before the international press following the ousting of Fernando Lugo on Friday.

Sunday, June 24th 2012 - 02:22 UTC

Argentina withdraws ambassador from Paraguay: Mercosur decides next week

President Cristina Fernandez: “grave institutional events and the rupture of democratic order”

Argentina is withdrawing its ambassador to Paraguay because of the rapid impeachment of former Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Saturday, June 23rd 2012 - 03:48 UTC

Franco promises to uphold democracy and honour international agreements

The new president with the sash addressed lawmakers

Paraguayan vice-president Federico Franco, 49, was sworn-in on Friday afternoon as president following Fernando Lugo’s impeachment that had him removed in less than two days.

Saturday, June 23rd 2012 - 03:43 UTC

“A coup against democracy” organized by the political class and mafia claims Lugo

“I leave office through the hearts of my fellow citizens” said the ousted president

Ousted Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo addressed thousands of citizens outside the presidential palace and assured there had been a “coup against democracy” but also said he would respect the formality of the Senate’s decision and called on followers to march peacefully.

Saturday, June 23rd 2012 - 03:25 UTC

Mercosur/Unasur anticipate “appropriate measures” against coup in Paraguay

Rousseff said Paraguay could be expulsed from the two organizations

President Cristina Fernández assured on Friday night that “Argentina does not condone the coup in Paraguay” and anticipated that “appropriate measures” will be taken at next week’s Mercosur Summit, scheduled to take place in Mendoza.

Friday, June 22nd 2012 - 21:59 UTC

“Institutional coup” removes Paraguayan president Lugo from office

Supporters of President Lugo assemble in the main square across from the Senate

Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo was removed from office on Friday at 18:30 hours following an impeachment vote in the Senate where the motion was supported by 39 votes, four against and two absent.


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