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Yearbook 1999

Paraguay. On March 23, the country's Vice President Luis María Argaña was assassinated on an open street in Asunción, triggering a political crisis with street unrest and rumors of a military coup. The opposition singled out President Raúl Cubas and former commander-in-chief General Lino Oviedo as morally responsible. Brazil intervened as an active mediator, i.e. by activating the so-called Democratic Clause, or the Ushuaia Protocol, of 1996 in Mercosur (of which Paraguay is a member), according to which a country that automatically breaks the democratic process is automatically excluded, after which President Cubas and General Oviedo fled abroad.

1999 Paraguay

According to Countryaah official website, the office of president was fundamentally assumed by Senate President Luis González Macchi with the intention of continuing the previous president's term of office. Election for Vice President shall be held on August 13, 2000.

The origins of political drama were the controversial Oviedo's revolt in 1996, the fact that Cubas abolished Oviedo's ten-year prison sentence and Paraguay's distinctive political system in which the various factions of the Colorado Party act as separate parties. For example, Oviedo and Argaña were arch enemies, and Cubas was widely regarded as the protector of the former who would prepare the way for Oviedo's presidency. In February, the state prosecutor ordered that the national court process initiated against Cubas in August 1998 be resumed, and as late as nine days before the murder, a party convention had ended in riot with handgun between Oviedistas and Argañistas.

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