Paraguay: exclusive interview with President Franco reveals plans for development
Thursday, August 09, 2012
By Peter M. Tase
The newly-installed President of Paraguay Federico Franco spoke exclusively to Speroforum during my recent return to Paraguay where I once served as a Peace Corps volunteer. President Franco has been assailed by the governments of neighboring Brazil and Argentina, as well as Venezuela, for having taken the reins of government following the impeachment of former President Fernando Lugo by Paraguay’s Congress. Accused by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of an anti-democratic and “soft coup d’etat”, Paraguay was suspended from the MERCOSUR and UNASUR regional groupings.
Franco is a medical doctor, but has had extensive political experience. He has served as mayor of the city of Fernando de la Mora, and was governor of the Central province for five years. In 2008, he was elected to the post of Vice President and served under President Fernando Lugo. He is a member of the Authentic Liberal Party.
What is the current political situation in Paraguay and its contribution to democracy in South America. Also, what is the status of relations between Paraguay and the United States?
President Federico Franco:
First, …I want to extend my greetings to the entire American nation. Secondly, Peter, we are embarked upon consolidating the government, to provide governance, and once this is stable we will occupy ourselves with our difficulties with our neighbors. Our priority now is to be entirely focused on the programs and projects of the former government so that they will be beneficial and useful to the community; all of them will continue.