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President submits resignation

June 24, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Paraguay's President Nicanor Duarte Frutos submitted his resignation nearly two months before his term ends to assume a post in the Senate, but the opposition has threatened to block the move.

Duarte won a Senate seat in April's general election. However, opposition leaders say the constitution prohibits him from running while still in power.

Both houses of Congress will meet today to debate whether to accept the resignation. If they do, Vice President Francisco Oviedo will take over.

President-elect Fernando Lugo will be sworn in Aug. 15, ending more than 60 years of rule by the Colorado Party.

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