Paraguay. In September, 64-year-old former Lino Oviedo was conditionally released from Viñas Cuif prison outside Asunción, where he has been since 2004 behind a military coup attempt in 1996 and the assassination of Paraguay’s Vice President Luís María Argaña in 1999. According to CountryAAH, Asuncion is the capital city of Paraguay. The release, which has been ongoing since the beginning of the year, the political temperature rose for the presidential election in April 2008, which former Bishop Fernando Lugo looked to be able to win for the opposition alliance Concertación Nacional. Opinion polls before Oviedo’s release showed that upwards of 70 percent of voters supported Lugo, but also that over 50 percent could think of voting for Oviedo. The ruling Colorado Party candidate Blanca Ovelar came in third place, but the party, which has unbroken power for 60 years, is known for bitter internal struggles between rival factions, and the official candidacy was still an open question. The charges against Oviedo formally disqualify him from running for election, but his lawyers immediately began work on trying to purge his name. There was also uncertainty about Lugo’s candidacy. Officially, the Vatican has not accepted his resignation from the bishopric, and Paraguay’s constitution prohibits religious dignitaries from running in political elections.
- According to abbreviationfinder: PY is the 2-letter acronym for the country of Paraguay.
Lugo’s main support groups among Paraguay’s peasants made a power demonstration at the end of the year when hundreds of Indians occupied a square in central Asunción for four months, demanding back land deprived of them in 1983.
Throughout the country, land conflicts between smallholder farmers and indigenous peoples, on the one hand, and landowners and large cattle owners, on the other, continued. Typically, the landlord occupies the farmers’ land with his gunmen, without the authorities intervening.
A 10-year-old girl was denied abortion in April 2015 after she was raped by her stepfather. Abortion is only allowed in Paraguay if the mother’s life is at risk. In all other situations, whether rape, incest or child will not survive, it is forbidden.
Paraguay is the only country in Latin America that recognizes Taiwan rather than China.
In late March 2017, the Senate secretly passed a constitutional amendment that allowed incumbent President Horacio Cartes to run for a second term. When the constitutional amendment became publicly known, it sparked extensive protests. Protesters stormed parliament and set it on fire. A protester was killed by gunfire from police. The uprising then spread to the country’s second largest city, Ciudad del Este and police attacked the ABC Color newspaperwith rubber bullets and sharp ammunition. Demonstrations and protests continued in the larger cities. On April 17, Cartes announced that he did not intend to run for a second term, and on April 26, the constitutional amendment was voted down in the Chamber of Deputies and thus lapsed. However, the incidents showed that the country continued to be in deep political crisis following the coup in 2012.
On February 3, 1989, a coup led by the dictator’s consu-in-law, General A. Rodriguez, put an end to a thirty-five-year regime. Stroessner exiled to Brazil, Rodriguez became provisional president and reinstated the ousted winger in 1987, persecuting his adversary’s loyalists. Rodriguez legalized the parties, except those of the left, freed the political prisoners and made promises, which were not followed up by any facts. In the May elections he obtained 75% of the votes (but suspicions of fraud remain) and defeated the candidate of the National Accord. The guarantees offered by Rodriguez – whose name has often been associated with illegal trafficking – did not seem capable of changing the Paraguayan framework, also because the management apparatus of the Stroessner era remained unchanged. The next stage in the democratic transformation of the Paraguay came with the start of a constitutional revision procedure. In December 1991, elections were held for a Constituent National Assembly in which the Colorado Party secured an overwhelming majority with 55.1% of the votes. The new constitution, promulgated on 20 June 1992, provided for the election of the president and vice-president with a simple majority, recognized the right to strike even in the public sectors (except for the armed forces and the police), and abolished the death penalty. A rule that finally established the non-re-election of the president in office was a reason for tension between the president and the constituent assembly. In the presidential elections of May 9, 1993, the exponent of Partido Colorado JC Wasmosy was elected with 40.9%, a tycoon supported by Rodriguez, while D. Laíno of the PLRA (Authentic Radical Liberal Party) obtained 32%. In May 1994, for the first time in thirty-five years, a general strike called against corruption, for the 40% increase in wages, and against economic integration with neighboring countries, shook the Paraguay causing about twenty victims..
Paraguay weather in March, April and May
Average daily temperatures between 25 ° C and 32 ° C can be expected over the next three months. In Asunción it gets warmest in March, but May is noticeably cooler.
In the period from March to May , the sun shines an average of 6 to 7 hours a day. The sunniest weather is March in Asunción, with a little less sun you will have to get by in May.