Paraguayan president elect Horacio Cartes transition team said that Venezuela should be present at the inauguration ceremony of the new head of state scheduled for 15 August, despite the ‘current circumstances’ of bilateral relations.
“All presidents with which historically Paraguay has had relations, despite the current circumstances of our bilateral relations with Venezuela, must be part of the celebrations”, said former Foreign minister Leila Rachid and head of international relations from the transition team.
Ms Rachid on Thursday met with the president of the current Legislative, Alfredo Luis Jaeggli and said Horacio Cartes will not make statements on foreign affairs until he takes office.
Cartes from the long rooted Colorado party won Paraguayan presidential elections with 45.85% of votes cast, defeating his main competitor, Efrain Alegre from the Liberal party with 36.94%.
“Who speaks in the name of the Republic of Paraguay is the president and this case it is President Federico Franco. It is him who is entitled to talk and take decisions referred to foreign policy”, said Ms Rachid when asked if the president-elect would be inviting the Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro to his inauguration.
The current government of Liberal party president Franco declared Maduro ‘persona non-grata’ because of his comments following the political impeachment and removal by the Paraguayan Senate of the president Fernando Lugo in June last year. Allegedly Maduro then Foreign minister, tried to convince the Paraguayan Armed Forces to come out to the streets in support of Lugo.
Following Lugo’s removal Paraguay was temporarily suspended from Mercosur and Unasur, ‘until democracy returns to the country”.
Ms Rachid said that it will be Horacio Cartes “who defines the Paraguayan government foreign policy, but once he is officially inaugurated as president on 15 August”.
Cartes transition team and the government of President Franco are making preparations for next August 15 when Franco will step down and the newly elected leader takes office. The party including foreign invitations is expected to be in the range of 800.000 dollars said the Senate president Jaeggli.