Paraguay' Lugo readies for impeachment trial

Paraguay' Lugo readies for impeachment trial

Asunción : Paraguay | Jun 21, 2012 at 7:53 AM PDT
Source: Associated Press
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The lower house of Paraguay's congress has voted to begin impeachment proceedings against President Fernando Lugo for his role in a violent eviction. Lugo immediately promised to face the trial, dismissing rumors he might resign. The opposition-controlled lower house approved the impeachment trial with 73 votes in favor and 1 against on Thursday. The motion now goes to the opposition controlled Senate, where the trial would be held if it is approved. Lugo has been heavily criticized over a land eviction last week that killed 17 people in gunbattles between police and landless farmers in a forest reserve. The clash prompted Lugo to accept the resignations of his interior minister and his chief of police.

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Presidents Evo Morales of Bolivia (left) and Fernando Lugo of Paraguay
Presidents Evo Morales of Bolivia (left) and Fernando Lugo of Paraguay
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