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Paraguay suspended from Mercosur summit which begins Monday

Monday, June 25th 2012 - 07:12 UTC
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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. Read full article


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  • GeoffWard2

    “....... include Mercosur full members Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela and associate members Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador.”

    Did I miss this??
    When did Venezuela become a FULL Member of Mercosur?

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 09:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Boovis

    I'm just surprised that a leader in South America took responsibility for the death of it's own citizens rather than trying to sweep it under the carpet, as long as they hold elections soon enough I don't see a problem with this.

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 09:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Good thing Argentina was holding the chair, with the real Iron Lady in charge there's been no messing about

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 10:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Boovis

    I think “rusted witch” is more appropriate.

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 12:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Sergio Vega

    It´s this a joke, istn´t it...??? The Mercosur full members Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay plus the associated members have decided to suspend the participation of the founder & full member Paraguay because they claim that there wasn´t a due process over the presidential change by the Paraguayan Congress along with their constitutional order because the former president hadn´t time enough to do a full defense of his case, BUT themselves haven´t allowed to the new legal president of Paraguay to asist to the next Mercosur meeting to defend the right of the people of that country to do what they want under their Constitution through the lawmakers freely voted by themselves......
    What right have the monkey banana eater Chavito to speak about the Mercosur if Bananazuela is just an associate member without right to vote, the same is apply for Chile and Mr. Piñera must be quiet to speak over the issue and respect the non intervention principle which is valid yet and the self determinantion right of the people.....UNASUR and MERCOSUR have showed that they aren´t reliable forums, they are just some clubs of clowns without any traces of respect to the principles that lead to a peaceful and fair international community...otherwise this will be just a simple jungle.....with monkeys like Chavez leading the future of our countries to a cliff......helped by a bipolar secretary like Mrs. CFK Bottox .

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 12:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Leiard

    It was Paraguay that was against Venezuela becoming a full member !

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 12:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @6 Quite, and Argentina has been looking for a way to get Paraguay out to smooth the way for old coffin-dodger Chavez to become a full member. Remember, Chavez owns Argentina and CFKC.
    Interestingly, if you ask the average Argentine what they think of Chavez they call him a clown.

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 02:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @5 Sergio, have you got your head well down? I reckon the brown, smelly stuff is going to start hitting the revolving blades all around S. Am. in the near future. Let's take a look at your continent. Venezuela - no pal of any respectable country outside S. Am. President is a dying nutjob, ruining the country's economy. Ecuador - currently in a bind with the UK over Julian Assange. Peru - just made the mistake of denying a goodwill visit by a British warship. Uruguay - bit of a nothing place. Effectively “ruled” by argieland. Brazil - difficult to see how a country with a defence agreement with Britain can support belligerency against a British territory. Run by an ex-terrorist. Bolivia - another nothing country with an incompetent leader. argieland - an imperialist, nationalist, colonialist, bankrupt place run by an acquisitive, belligerent, mendacious, ignorant female interested only in herself. And Chile. What shall we say about Chile? Has Chile forgotten who helped it get independence? Has Chile forgotten the many liaisons between Chile and Britain? Has Chile forgotten about principles? Is Chile sooo frightened of argieland? When has Britain declined to face up to its enemies? No matter how big? Little Britain was ready and willing to take on the Soviet Union. If Chile can't take the heat, it should get out of the kitchen. Not jump in the oven!

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 02:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    I quite agree with you. It is a joke and it shows a disrespect for Paraguay’s constitution. However, I don’t think the associate members will have had much say in Paraguay not attending the meeting in Mendoza. I think that decision will have been taken by the permanent members.

    @Conspiracy Theorists
    Where are you with your creative ideas?
    Who has put this anti-Chavist puppet in the heart of our continent?

    Has this “institutional coup” got anything to do with:

    a) the new Pacific Alliance...or
    b) the re-opening of the British Embassy in Paraguay;
    c) the CIA;
    d) an impeachment process.

    Before you can say “Plan Colombia” there will be a new US airbase in Paraguay.

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 02:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Despicable act by all the 'Presidents' of the two damnable clubs in LatAm.

    Including, to my shame, Uruguay.

    Chavez to the fore now then? Good job he will be dead before the end of the year. The only problem is of course, the 'new' President has already been chosen from his hench-ladies - you can't call what he has around him Men.

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 03:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Leiard

    It gives Cristina another way of distracting Argentinians from the real problems at home.

    Chinese reaction:-
    “How come the Foreign minister is not present”, asked an official from Chinese protocol, “where is he?
    “Almagro is currently in Paraguay and was unable to be present”, was the reply.
    “But that is a domestic affair, why should he be there? Isn’t Paraguay a domestic problem? Why we were not informed he would be absent? A Prime Minister visit is a once in a lifetime opportunity” said the Chinese official in amicable terms.

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 03:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #5 “What right have the monkey banana eater Chavito”

    Your racial hate bubbling forth I see. And sexism too, if you think Cristina is just his “secretary”, rather than the equal leader of an equal nation

    #7 You too, though a woman you seem to buy into the “secretary” myth. Plus a nice touch of agism, “the old coffin dodger”, he isn't even that old! But he's been good at dodging the coffin and hopefully will pull through entirely

    #10 “The only problem is of course, the 'new' President has already been chosen from his hench-ladies - you can't call what he has around him Men”

    Thats an interesting way of reporting Chavez' very progressive desire that the next President of Venezuela should be a woman! But god willing that wont be for a while. Anyway Cristina is emerging as a kind of successor already, although hipefully he wont need one - the Economist's formulation “the next Chavez” suits her though, as there can be many at once =)

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 04:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    Absolutely fascinating! Here we have a demonstration of pure democracy in action, the impeachment of the president of a country by a HUGE majority of the legislators in BOTH houses being denounced as a “legislative, congressional or institutional coup”, which is a real oxymoron, by the presidents of most of the countries in Soth America!!!!

    Its like living in “Through the Looking Glass”, are they totally mad, or are they looking over their shoulders and thinking “Am I going to be the next to bite the dust?”

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 04:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think


    With a bit of luck, the current situation in Paraguay will strengthen both the democratic process in that Country and the South American sociopolitical integration through Mercosur and Unasur...........

    Nice day in the South Atlantic Oil Market! :
    RKH (Rockflopper)…: 245.00p down 5.95%
    BOR (Bullders & Shitters)…: 65.00p down 5.11%

    Chuckle chuckle©

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 04:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    I suppose the question is, if it is a constitutionally correct procedure in Paraguay.

    If the answer is yes, then there is nothing more to be said it’s democratic, no one else’s business but Paraguay’s.

    What has got them rattled (especially CFK) is that a President can be got rid of so easily.

    What would really frighten them would be if he got charged with crimes relating to the 17 deaths.

    Worth remembering that Cameron could be called by Parliament to a vote of no confidence, lose it, and be off to see the Queen to resign all in the same day.

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 05:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Leiard

    It has happened before in the UK - 1979 the government of James Callaghan !

    Leaderships in the UK have been challenged and as a result have changed.

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 05:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Urinehopper down again?
    From 400 a few months ago and now 245? Mr Beeeef :-)))

    Nice chart Beef

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 05:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @ 12. Ageism? Only in your mind. He is dying and living on borrowed time, hence he is dodging the coffin. Get it?

    @ 15. I agree CFKC must be worried, especially knowing that the collapse is only just beginning. When people in Argentina wake up to how she has fucked the economy they will be removing her pretty sharpish.

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 05:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Paradoxix

    @14 / 17
    That's the thing about share, they go and they go down. The secret is knowing when to buy and when to sell.

    I bought shares in RH at the beginning of 2009 at ca 20.00 a share and sold half of them at 350. Wish I had sold them at 500 but still... 1750% increase not bad. Just about enough to keep pace with RG inflation.

    I'll hold the other half until they hit either 100 or 350 again. Either way, easy money.
    Thank you Rockhopper!

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 06:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    “full democratic institutions as essential pre-condition for the integration process development”

    But not when the best run democracy in South America is the FIG, in the case of the FI, colonialism is the new order for Argentina.

    Is Chavez Spanish for chav?

    And South America are totally united? Yeah, right.

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 06:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • joseyo

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  • Think

    (19) Paradoxix

    What a beautiful personal success story……………..
    A 1750% profit!

    But……..Tell me something……..
    Where did that 1750% profit money of yours came from?
    It couldn’t be from the pockets of the remaining 99.6% of British private investors that don’t know the ”Secret of when to buy and when to sell?”……….Could it?

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 07:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    21 joseyo


    Don't let Blind_Scottish_Kirchner see it or he will go raving mad with jealousy!

    Kirchner and The Dead Man Walking in a clinch.

    The Orangtana! Ha, ha, ha. :o)

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 07:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • UruguayBR

    Uruguay's president Jose Mujica has come out against futher economic sanctions for Paraguay

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 08:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Paradoxix

    22 Thinx
    Of course it did. They haven't pumped a barrel yet...and may never do.
    Don’t pity people who lose money in a casino.
    That is the nature of speculation.

    Pacific Rubiales is one to watch by the way. Once Chavex is moved aside they will take control of Venezuelan oil production and in doing so, go from a small company (250,000 barrels a day) to over 4 million. I’m just waiting until Chav falls, that’ll be the time to buy.
    Mark my words.

    21 Joseyo
    Nice vid.
    Cumbia is the least evolved genre of music, fitting for these two primates.

    Jun 25th, 2012 - 09:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    19 Paradoxix
    Did you learn that from Lewis Clifton?

    Jun 26th, 2012 - 03:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #23 Not at all, its nice to see two left leaders and their countries getting on so well. Though it does show up the billious racism of the anti-Chavez crowd. The funny thing is I've always really liked orangutans! And Cristina should feel particularly proud that despite being white her principles have made her such a hate figure for these racist losers

    Jun 26th, 2012 - 11:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Paradoxix

    26 Alejandrix
    No. It’s all in the public domain.

    27 BK Haw Haw
    There is not a racist comment on this thread.
    When Sergio remarks: “monkey banana eater Chavito” it is a clear reference to the leader of a banana republic.

    You, BK are the only one to mention race.
    You clearly associate Orang-utans with race.
    Don’t prejudge others with your own twisted racist ideas.
    Racist loser.

    Jun 26th, 2012 - 03:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yosoy

    “Paraguayan president Francisco Franco who replaced Lugo last Friday...” FRANCISCO Franco? has he risen from the dead?!?!! Mercopress, you may want to change that.

    Jun 27th, 2012 - 08:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #29 Maybe its a metaphor

    Jun 27th, 2012 - 10:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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