Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Paraguay Looks Past Dictatorship

'After living more than 60 years under one-party rule, Paraguayans finally mustered the strength on Sunday to wrestle the ghost of the dictator Alfredo Stroessner to the ground.' More from the New York Times...

My comment: I don't know a great deal about Paraguay, and even most Latin-Americanists that I know don't seem to either, but this looks like generally good news. However, it's also obvious that while former priest Fernando Lugo will get a honeymoon period in office - possibly a significant one - he will face a mountain of obstacles to improve Paraguay's current lot, and unless he actually can perform miracles people, desperate for real change, may start to get impatient.

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