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Paraguay Opposition Readies Political Trial of President Cartes

ASUNCION – The Liberal Party (PLRA), the leading opposition force in Paraguay, is preparing a political trial in Congress against Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes, party leader Efrain Alegre announced on Monday.

“A legislative commission is working on the accusation to be presented in Congress,” Alegre told a press conference at the seat of the PLRA in Asuncion.

The PLRA leader also said that party representatives are also weighing a possible criminal suit against Cartes for “violating the constitution.”

In that regard, Alegre denounced “misleading” electoral campaigns that favored Cartes’s reelection to the presidency, something the constitution bans but that the ruling Colorado Party is out to achieve.

Another case of “violating the constitution,” he said, was the collection of signatures among civil servants to promote a constitutional amendment as a way validate presidential reelection.

The PLRA filed a complaint in December before the Electoral Court against Cartes for using “misleading propaganda” about his presidential reelection in 2018, banned by the constitution.

The Paraguayan political class has been polarized for months, ever since the majority Colorado Pary promoted a constitutional reform by means of an amendment to enable Cartes to run for a second term.

The Liberal Party argues, however, that the only valid procedure for enabling reelection is a constitutional reform formulated and agreed upon a Constitutional Assembly specifically called for that purpose.

 

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