Thursday, 30 August 2012

Fernando Lugo

Fernando Lugo was the President of Paraguay from 2008 to 2012. Mr Lugo's 2008 election ended 61 years of rule by the right-wing Colorado party.  In June 2012, he was impeached and removed from office,  over his handling of clashes between farmers and police last week in which at least 17 people died. He has likened the move to a 'coup' by the right-wing controlled Parliament. Lugo was a leftist. 
Vice-President Federico Franco has already been sworn in as president. But several South American countries, including neighbouring Argentina and Bolivia, have said they do not recognise the new government.


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