Paraguay’s Re-Election Crisis Is Over—For Now

A protest against the plans by President Horacio Cartes and his supporters to change Paraguay's constitution to allow for the re-election of former presidents, Asuncion, March 30, 2017 (AP photo by Jorge Saenz).
A protest against the plans by President Horacio Cartes and his supporters to change Paraguay's constitution to allow for the re-election of former presidents, Asuncion, March 30, 2017 (AP photo by Jorge Saenz).
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ASUNCION, Paraguay—A month after rioters set fire to Paraguay’s Congress, President Horacio Cartes has abandoned his contentious plans to change the constitution to allow him to run for a second term in 2018. But a corrupt party system and factionalism among Paraguay’s elites pose a greater threat to representative government in one of the poorest countries in South America. On April 26, the lower house of Paraguay’s legislature, the Chamber of Deputies, rejected a bill to amend the country’s constitution to allow former and current presidents to run again. Nine days earlier, Cartes, a tobacco magnate who is one of […]

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