Paraguayan President Not Stepping Down; Demands Fair Trial
Asuncion, June 21 (RHC) -- Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo said he will not resign his post after the Chamber of Deputies approved his impeachment for the alleged mishandling of a violent crime by his government.
In declarations to the media, Lugo urged the Paraguayan Parliament to offer him “all guarantees of a just and legitimate defense.” He also urged the people to defend democracy and warned that the people’s decision at the polls in 2008 is being challenged by political sectors. Lugo told reporters that the allegations are totally unfounded and called them political maneuvering by the Paraguayan oligarchy to try to halt the process of change that has created an atmosphere of great hope.
The petition was approved with 76 votes in favor and one against. It was the result of criticism for the killing of six police officers and 11 farm laborers during an armed clash on June 15th, in the north-eastern town of Curuguaty.
Meanwhile, leaders of farm workers’ groups from across the South American country said they will call a demonstration in Asuncion, the capital, in support of President Fernando Lugo.