Interior Minister sacked
President Horacio Cartes has sacked his Minister of Interior Miguel Tadeo Rojas and Commander of the National Police following riots over the weekend in which one young activist was killed.
An official communique on the presidential website announces Lorenzo Darío Lezcano as the acting Minister of the Interior. Lezcano has served as Deputy Minister of Homeland Security since January this year. He is an Attorney and Public Notary and graduated with a law degree from the National University of Asunción. He also has a postgraduate degree from the Judicial School.
Rioting started after a meeting of 25 Senators in a private session approved a bill to amend the constitution to allow Cartes to stand for a second term in office in 2018. The current constitution allows for a single term of five years for the head of state. On Friday the National Congress was set on fire by protesters and there were further ugly scenes over the weekend which resulted in the death of 25 year old Rodrigo Quintana in an opposition office which had been stormed by police.