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July 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
PARAGUAY * President Luis Gonzalez Macchi announced that he had lifted the state of emergency in Paraguay, saying order had been restored after two days of deadly protests. "Nothing good can come from violence," Gonzalez Macchi said in a broadcast statement. He also mourned the dead and injured, who were "cannon fodder" for what he called a frustrated coup attempt.
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July 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
PARAGUAY * President Luis Gonzalez Macchi announced that he had lifted the state of emergency in Paraguay, saying order had been restored after two days of deadly protests. "Nothing good can come from violence," Gonzalez Macchi said in a broadcast statement. He also mourned the dead and injured, who were "cannon fodder" for what he called a frustrated coup attempt.
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NEWS
March 30, 1999 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After surviving the worst political violence since the overthrow of a kleptocratic dictator 10 years ago, Paraguay's new government Monday hailed the heroes of a weeklong national drama and promised to bring the villains to justice. New President Luis Gonzalez Macchi said the heroes were students who dodged sniper fire to defend democracy in a vigil outside the National Congress. Many Paraguayans saw the villains as the thuggish forces of former Gen.
NEWS
March 30, 1999 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After surviving the worst political violence since the overthrow of a kleptocratic dictator 10 years ago, Paraguay's new government Monday hailed the heroes of a weeklong national drama and promised to bring the villains to justice. New President Luis Gonzalez Macchi said the heroes were students who dodged sniper fire to defend democracy in a vigil outside the National Congress. Many Paraguayans saw the villains as the thuggish forces of former Gen.
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March 30, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
President Luis Gonzalez Macchi drove a BMW that was stolen in neighboring Brazil and smuggled into Paraguay, a lawyer for the company that insured the car said. Julio Cesar Martinessi said the luxury BMW 528i had an original price of $120,000; Macchi's office bought it for $81,000. Martinessi said his firm would ask for the return of the car, which the president's office has turned over to State Prosecutor Alejandro Nissen. Macchi has declined to comment on the matter.
NEWS
May 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Mutinous soldiers and police in Asuncion, Paraguay's capital, fired at the legislative building from armored personnel carriers before surrendering later. President Luis Gonzalez Macchi went on national television to assure citizens that the "anti-democratic" forces believed to be loyal to a former coup plotter had been defeated. Three congressmen and 12 police officers were detained. Interior Minister Walter Bower said the rebellious soldiers were sympathetic to former army Gen.
NEWS
March 31, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
This nation's new president, Luis Gonzalez Macchi, assembled his Cabinet on Tuesday, making good on a pledge to give the opposition a voice. The new unity government joins Gonzalez Macchi's Colorado Party, in power for 52 years, with the Liberal and National Encounter opposition parties, giving them the vice presidency and four key ministries, including industry and foreign affairs.
WORLD
April 28, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Colorado Party veteran Nicanor Duarte Frutos easily defeated two challengers in Paraguay's presidential election Sunday, prolonging the party's half-century grip on power despite the worst economic crisis in decades. With 92% of ballots counted, Paraguay's Electoral Court said Duarte Frutos had just over 37% of the vote. Second place went to opposition leader Julio Cesar Franco with nearly 24%. Pedro Falud, a wealthy banker, placed third with 23%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1999
Since Paraguay won its independence from Spain in 1811, it has moved from one dictator to the next, and each has ransacked the nation. The famous low points of this kleptocratic history include Jose Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia in the 19th century and Alfredo Stroessner in the 20th. The latest example is Gen. Lino Oviedo, who is said to have greased his way to power by turning the country into a smuggler's haven.
WORLD
December 6, 2002 | From Associated Press
Lawmakers voted Thursday to begin impeachment hearings against President Luis Gonzalez Macchi, deepening political and economic turmoil in this troubled South American country. In a packed session of Paraguay's lower house, opponents of Gonzalez Macchi accused him of possessing a luxury automobile reported to be stolen and mishandling millions of dollars in state funds. The lower house approved the opening of hearings Thursday by a vote of 60 to 0, with 11 abstentions and nine lawmakers absent.
NEWS
March 27, 1999 | From Associated Press
Troops and armored personnel carriers swept into downtown Asuncion on Friday as hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside Congress to demand the ouster of President Raul Cubas Grau. At least two people were killed and dozens injured, officials said. Paraguayan television and radio reported that up to 15 armored vehicles sped through the capital, many barreling through red lights.
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August 25, 2000 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An opposition politician was declared victor Wednesday in a special election of Paraguay's vice president, defeating the candidate from one of Latin America's longest-ruling and most authoritarian political parties. Election officials announced the narrow victory of Julio Cesar Franco of the center-left Liberal Party after an 11-day delay in the vote count--the latest tense episode for a shaky young democracy racked by political gangsterism.
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