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PARAGUAY 21 Apr 2013 Poll to replace controversially impeached president
Fernando Lugo, a former Roman Catholic bishop who was laicized upon his election as Paraguay’s president in 2008 and impeached

April 21, 2013 - NULL

PARAGUAY 21 Apr 2013 Poll to replace controversially impeached president
Fernando Lugo, a former Roman Catholic bishop who was laicized upon his election as Paraguay's president in 2008 and impeached and removed from office by the legislature in June, has announced he will run for office again. Lugo was voted out by Congress over his handling of a land dispute in which 17 people died. The ousted left-wing president likened the move to a coup by the right wing-controlled parliament. Lugo's 2008 election ended 61 years of rule by the right-wing Colorado party. Vice-President Federico Franco

PARAGUAY 21 Apr 2013 Poll to replace controversially impeached president
Fernando Lugo, a former Roman Catholic bishop who was laicized upon his election as Paraguay's president in 2008 and impeached and removed from office by the legislature in June, has announced he will run for office again. Lugo was voted out by Congress over his handling of a land dispute in which 17 people died. The ousted left-wing president likened the move to a coup by the right wing-controlled parliament. Lugo's 2008 election ended 61 years of rule by the right-wing Colorado party. Vice-President Federico Franco was sworn in to replace him.

The two main political parties, Colorado and Liberal, voted in favor of the motion to begin the impeachment trial. The Liberals, part of the ruling coalition, put aside their differences with the Colorados and voted against Lugo.

Critics say the time in office of Lugo, known as "Bishop for the poor" when elected, was marked by his failure to tackle corruption or honor campaign pledges to tackle the country's unequal land distribution. He also lost public support when it was revealed that he fathered at least two children by different women, one fathered while he was still a bishop.

The impeachment brought international criticism and demonstrations in Asuncion. Neighboring countries, which opposed the impeachment, maintain that Lugo wasn't given enough time to prepare his case against impeachment.

His term would have ended in Aug 2013.

There is no word about the reaction to Lugo's announcement about standing again, which was reported by Catholic World News. (WRITTEN OCT 2012)

RELATED READING:

Paraguay calls April 2013 poll to replace ousted Lugo (BBC 22 Aug 2012)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-19341091

Paraguay: impeached ex-bishop to run for office (CWN 11 Oct 2012)

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=15872

Date written/update: 2013-04-21