Thursday, December 17th 2009 - 03:05 UTC

Brazil strong message to Paraguay on support of Venezuela inside Mercosur

Chancellor Celso Amorim left no doubts about a five full member Mercosur

Following this week’s Brazilian Senate vote to for the incorporation of Venezuela as a Mercosur full member, only Paraguay’s support is pending, but the Paraguayan Senate is divided on the issue. More over President Fernando Lugo had to withdraw the initiative last August when he was informed the divided coalition that took him to office could not garner the sufficient votes to ensure support.

Tuesday, December 15th 2009 - 14:12 UTC

Rio Tinto Alcan planning a 2.5 billion USD aluminium smelter in Paraguay

Sandeep Biswas from Rio Tinto Alcan made the announcement in Asunción

Rio Tinto Alcan, a unit of global mining giant Rio Tinto said on Monday it could invest up to 2.5 billion US dollars in a potential aluminium smelter in Paraguay. Rio Tinto Alcan said it had begun negotiations on a possible power purchase agreement for the potential smelter.

Tuesday, December 1st 2009 - 07:33 UTC

Paraguayan Senate “freezes” Venezuela’s Mercosur incorporation

President Chavez loquacity, his worst enemy

The Paraguayan Senate is also turning its back on Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez Mercosur incorporation request. A leading Senator from the ruling coalition said that under current circumstances, and Chavez latest statements makes it “virtually impossible” to decide on the issue.

Wednesday, November 25th 2009 - 13:24 UTC

Paraguayan president allegedly also has a 22-year old daughter, claims relative

Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo

Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo, a former Catholic bishop that is facing at least two paternity demands was again involved in a similar controversy when his niece claimed his uncle had a non recognized 22 year old daughter who married over the weekend.

Thursday, November 19th 2009 - 13:26 UTC

Russia opens its first embassy ever in Paraguay’s 200 year history

The Russian Federation has formally opened its first embassy in Paraguay’s 200 year history. Although there have been diplomatic relations the Russian ambassador was concurrent from Buenos Aires and only since two decades ago.

Thursday, November 12th 2009 - 06:26 UTC

Paraguay “assessing” its support for Venezuela’s Mercosur admission

Foreign Affairs minister Hector Lacognata

Paraguayan Foreign Affairs minister Hector Lacognata described as extremely worrying the escalating “bellicose speech” of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and admitted Paraguay could review its stand in support of that country’s Mercosur admission “if he persists in calling to prepare for war”.

Tuesday, November 10th 2009 - 07:54 UTC

Lula da Silva: “I preferred to give Paraguay a chance to develop”

Energy at the heart of the Brazil/Paraguay dispute

A country with the size of Brazil can’t fight with Paraguay, said Brazilian president Lula da Silva justifying the Itaipu hydroelectric energy agreement signed last July with his Paraguayan counterpart Fernando Lugo in Asuncion.
He added, “I preferred to give a country like Paraguay the chance to develop”.

Saturday, November 7th 2009 - 16:30 UTC

In spite of coup denials Paraguayan president continues with military purge

President Lugo has been accused of leaning towards Venezuela

Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo continued to purge the top ranks of the military Friday, removing the armed forces' commander. Lugo fired the commanders of the country's army, air force and navy on Wednesday.

Friday, November 6th 2009 - 04:12 UTC

Brazilian Senate postpones vote on Venezuela’s Mercosur incorporation

In related news the Brazilian Senate postponed for a week a full house vote on the incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur which is pending since March 2007 when the administration of President Lula da Silva sent the request.

Friday, November 6th 2009 - 03:41 UTC

Paraguay’s president ends coup rumours replacing military commanders

Bishop turned elected president Fernando Lugo

Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo put an end Wednesday to rumors circulating the capital Asuncion about a possible coup by replacing all top military commanders. The announcement came from the armed forces themselves, not the president's office.


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