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Paraguayan ex-bishop's presidential race in tatters


In Paraguay, a ten party National Unity coalition supporting the presidency bid of former bishop Fernando Lugo, has broken up.

Lugo is seeking to end six decades of one-party rule by running in the April 2008 election.

He said he is in talks to form a new coalition, the Patriotic Alliance for Change. This would include seven of the ten parties.

It would not include former coup plotter, General Lino Oviedo. Oviedo was paroled this month after serving about half of a 10-year prison term. He says he was unjustly convicted and has hinted strongly at a run for the presidency.

Lugo called the former general "a figure from the past", and say the country must look to the future.


SOURCE
Paraguayan ex-bishop's coalition splinters ahead of 2008 election (International Herald Tribune, 19/9/07)

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Fernando Lugo (Wikipedia)

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20 Sep 2007