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Lugo Pledges Aid To Paraguay Poor

Paraguay is among the poorest nations in South America and during the past 61 years the country has been ruled by wealthy landowners and the urban elite. The election of Fernando Lugo hopefully marks a birth of a new era in which poor people finally have someone in authority who represents their interests. The new president returned to the province where he worked for 11 years as a bishop and pledged to raise living standards by eradicating poverty and ending corruption. “This is where I learned to love the peasant, the indigenous people, and to admire the efforts to excel despite adverse conditions. He was accompanied by President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela who promised to send Paraguay over 400,000 barrels of oil to deal with fuel shortages.

The wealthy and powerful of Paraguay will not readily surrender power, and Lugo’s association with Chavez is only bound to arouse their fury. Lugo is under tremendous pressure from both right and left wing elements of the political spectrum. The poor of Paraguay deserve a better life and it is vital for Lugo to move toward that goal without distractions created by Hugo Chavez who has worked to destroy opposition within Venezuela. If the elite of Paraguay fear Lugo will adopt such measures they will proceed with an overthrow of the Paraguay government.

Left Wing Vctory In Paraguay

Another right wing domino fell and a left wing radical rose as Paraguay witnessed the triumph of Fenando Lugo, a suspended bishop, won the presidecny. Paraguay had been ruled for over sixty years by the conservatve Partido Colorado but the people of the land locked nation moved to the left in search of new leadership. Lugo represents a milder form of the liberation theory which arose in more liberal components of the Catholic church. South America has witnessed several victories by those espousing more radical economic and social ideas, but Lugo is regarded as less anti-American and less hostile to the middle class or busness community.

His victory represents a crushing blow to the conservative Colorado Party as Lugo will fight for new legislation benefiting the majority of people in Paraguan society. He brings a liberal “religious” element to the government which has concern for the plight of poor peple and he will most probably secure financial support from radical leaders such as President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. However, Lugo will most probably govern in the milder left wing model of Lula da Silva from Brazil.