Paraguay Kicks Out President, Latin America Cries Foul

World | June 23, 2012, Saturday // 11:53
Bulgaria: Paraguay Kicks Out President, Latin America Cries Foul New president of Paraguay Federico Franco poses for media during a press conference at the Government Palace after taking office in Asuncion, on 22 June 2012. EPA/BGNES

Paraguay President Fernando Lugo has stepped down following a rapid impeachment procedure passed in Congress.

Federico Franco has already assumed office as the country's new president.

The development of Paraguay's political crisis has been however decried by many other Latin America countries as illegal and actually constituting a coup.

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff has even called for a suspension of Paraguay's memership from regional organizations UNASUR and MERCOSUR.

Fernando Lugo as elected as Paraguay's President in 2008.

Congress impeached Lugo for an alleged "poor execution of presidential duty" in recent land property related clashes between villagers and police that claimed the lives of at least 17 persons.

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Tags: Federico Franco, Fernando Lugo, Paraguay, impeachment, clashes, Dilma Rousseff, Brazil, UNASUR, MERCOSUR, Coup, Latin America

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