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Tag: Mario Abdo Benitez

  • Thursday, August 16th 2018 - 08:52 UTC

    New president takes office in Paraguay pledging to combat poverty and corruption

    Abdo Benitez, 46, promised to combat poverty and entrenched corruption, and urged Paraguayans to “look toward the future and not remain stuck in the past”

    Mario Abdo Benitez, “Marito”, took over as Paraguay's new president on Wednesday, replacing a seemingly disgruntled Horacio Cartes, who left the inauguration ceremony before it finished. Abdo Benitez, 46, promised to combat poverty and entrenched corruption, and urged Paraguayans to “look toward the future and not remain stuck in the past” as he took the oath of office to start a five-year term.

  • Tuesday, July 31st 2018 - 08:29 UTC

    Taiwan president will attend inauguration of Paraguay's Mario Abdo Benitez

    President Tsai's itinerary in Paraguay includes visiting Taiwan's technical mission and the site of a planned Taiwan-Paraguay university of industrial technology

    President Tsai Ing-wen will visit two of Taiwan's diplomatic allies, Paraguay and Belize, Aug. 12-20, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Maria Liu said on Monday. On the trip, Tsai will make transit stops in the United States - in Los Angeles on first leg and in Houston on the return journey, Liu said.

  • 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.

  • 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.