August 10, 1993
Juan Carlos Wasmosy, 54, takes office Sunday as the first freely elected civilian president in Paraguay's 182 years of military-dominated national history. Wasmosy, a civil engineer of Hungarian descent and a member of the ruling Colorado Party, won elections May 9. He will succeed Gen. Andres Rodriguez in the top job. Rodriguez came to power in 1989 by overthrowing President Alfredo Stroessner, also a general, who had seized power nearly 35 years earlier.
May 10, 1998 |
Election observers headed by the Organization of American States met presidential candidates in an effort to ensure a clean vote today. OAS chief Cesar Gaviria said after meeting candidates that he was "convinced the elections will be calm and the winning ticket will express the wish of the majority of the Paraguayan people." Paraguay emerged from the 35-year dictatorship of Gen. Alfredo Stroessner in 1989; his Colorado Party has held power since 1947.
August 16, 1998 |
Vowing to wage war on corruption, Paraguay's new president, Raul Cubas Grau, was sworn in Saturday as the first elected civilian to succeed another in about 45 years. Cubas, 54, succeeded President Juan Carlos Wasmosy, Paraguay's first elected civilian president since the end of the 34-year military rule of Gen. Alfredo Stroessner in 1989. Cubas declared he would wage a "frontal assault against poverty" and "attack crime in all its forms," including trade piracy and drug trafficking.
March 10, 1998 |
A military court sentenced presidential candidate Gen. Lino Oviedo to 10 years in jail for leading an attempted coup in 1996 and ordered his dishonorable discharge from the army. Oviedo, the ruling Colorado Party's candidate in elections scheduled for May, was sentenced for "crimes against the order and security of the armed forces, and insubordination," according to a copy of the sentence. As the charges related to a coup attempt, the nation's Supreme Court of Justice has to give its final say.
May 4, 1993
The powerful Colorado Party, which has dominated Paraguay since 1947, runs a serious risk of losing a presidential election scheduled for Sunday. A split in the party has undermined support for its candidate, Juan Carlos Wasmosy, and bolstered the chances of two rivals. One rival is Sen. Domingo Laino of the Authentic Radical Party, an opposition figure who has spent time in jail and in exile for challenging Colorado power. The other is Guillermo Caballero of the new National Unity Party.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1996
Two Uruguayan journalists, Federico and Carlos Fassano, have been sentenced to two years in prison for "attacking the honor of a foreign head of state." That is a chilling development. Uruguay should abolish the law under which the brothers were arrested and tried; it is an aberration and an atrocious violation of press freedoms. After spending 15 days in jail, the Fassanos are free pending an appellate court ruling.