News out of Asuncion says the Senate has voted to remove President Fernando Lugo after the Chamber of Deputies yesterday brought forth impeachment charges. As announced this morning, Lugo had appealed to the Supreme Court saying less than 24 hours was not enough time to prepare his defense. Additionally, thousands of people, including many Lugo supporters, have gathered in the capital, and the military police are on standby. The vote today is almost certainly not the final say on the matter, but for now, Vice President Federico Franco is set to take charge, although neighboring countries and UNASUR have already announced they will not recognize him as Paraguay’s president, making the political (and, if this endures, the economic) impact regional. As I mentioned earlier, this seems to be a bad sign for democratic institutions, notably the election of presidents, in Paraguay, but again, it will be worth continuing to watch this and to see what developments emerge over the weekend and in the coming weeks.
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