Paraguay’s President Fernando Lugo was impeached and removed from office in a move which took only a few hours. The president was replaced by his deputy after he alienated most of his allies in Congress while pushing for land reforms. But will this coup herald another dark period in the country’s political history?

THE REMOVAL of Paraguay’s President Fernando Lugo took only hours but is a threat to democracy throughout Latin America.

The lightning impeachment by Federico Franco, the vice president, took two hours to complete on June 22, 2012. Mr Franco has been installed as interim leader until elections are due in August 2013.

Congress ousted the left wing pre...

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Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
Congress ousted the left wing president over his handling of a land eviction clash between farmers and police which left 17 people dead. The impeachment, the first for an elected Paraguayan leader, was carried almost unanimously in both chambers
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