Paraguay

Lugo speaks up whilst region condemns his ousting


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Former president Fernando Lugo, who was ousted in an impeachment vote last week, has declared that the vote was undemocratic and that his presidency should be restored.

The new president, Federico Franco, is facing a tough time with widespread criticism of the impeachment and the manner in which it was carried out including growing protests in the capital.

Paraguay has been suspended from the regional trading bloc MERCOSUR and the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, has said that the country will stop supplying oil to Paraguay; Venezuela is the major supplier of fuel oil to the landlocked nation.

Meanwhile, the ousted Cabinet has decided to establish an alternative continuation Cabinet in parallel to that sworn in over the weekend.

In other news, Peru is the latest country which has decided not to recognise the new administration and has recalled its Ambassador to Paraguay.

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