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Yearbook 2003

Paraguay. The winner of the April 27 presidential election became, as expected, Nicanor Duarte Frutos of the Colorado Party, a party that has held the presidential office uninterrupted since 1947. Duarte Frutos won 38% of the vote before former Vice President Julio César Franco of PLRA (Partido Liberal Radical Auténtico). However, the result of the Senate elections held at the same time meant that the president did not get his own majority.

According to Countryaah.com, Paraguay Independence Day is May 14. President Duarte Frutos announced early on his intentions to curb corruption, and on October 24, Congress decided to bring six of the nine members of the Supreme Court to justice. Even the late President Luis González Macchi, who passed a second vote in congressional law in Congress as late as February, was prosecuted along with his wife for corruption and embezzlement during his term. Among other things, a transfer of $ 16 million was made from P’s central bank to a private account in the US. But even after two months, the new government was shaken by a corruption scandal. Interior Minister Roberto González was forced to resign on October 12 after intervening in a smuggling business and dismissing a police chief who investigated the case.

There was a lot of unrest in the countryside during the year. Farmers who blocked a road near Santa Rosa del Aguaray, 325 km north of Asuncion, in protest of non-payment of government revenue loss, were attacked by police with tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets. The result was 17 injured. New protests followed, though without violence. The farmer organizations gradually tightened their requirements, including on the departure of the Agriculture and Home Ministers.

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