Fears of Paraguayan dictatorship grows as president moves to amend constitution

Fears of Paraguayan dictatorship grows as president moves to amend constitution

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Paraguay’s president, Horacio Cartes, has moved to amend the constitution to allow him to be re-elected in 2018, prompting warnings that the country in danger of turning into a dictatorship.

Members of the governing rightwing Colorado party joined with several opposition legislators to propose changes to the senate’s procedural rules, a precursor to introducing a re-election bill after a similar attempt was narrowly defeated in August. Opposition parties have vowed to resist moves towards legitimising re-election, decrying an effective “coup d’etat” and the imposition of a “dictatorship”. Polls suggest that nearly 80% of Paraguayans oppose re-election via constitutional amendment, although some favour a more gradual constitutional reform that would eventually allow re-election.

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