President Fernando Lugo removed from office 22 June by senate after 17 killed during clashes between farmers, police over land occupation, replaced by VP Federico Franco; new interior minister with ties to opposition Colorado Party appointed. Several Latin American govts vowed not to recognise new govt; Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) condemned Lugo impeachment, suspended country from Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR); Lugo late-month expressed intention of returning to power but opposed sanctions against country.
Police 3 Sept killed high ranking member of Paraguayan People’s Army Gabriel Zárate Cardozo.
Police 28 July killed 1 of suspected Paraguayan People’s Army leaders, Severiano Martínez, in Chaco department; Martínez wanted for murder, kidnapping.
Paraguayan People’s Army 18 june killed 2 police in northern Concepción department; army said will step up operations against rebels.
30-day presidential emergency powers expired 25 May; originally granted Apr to combat Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP) in 5 northern departments. Emergency deployment of 1,000 extra troops 6 May led to capture of EPP logistics coordinator, but no other significant arrests.
Congress 24 Apr gave President Lugo and military emergency powers to combat Paraguayan People’s Army – accused of killing 4, including 1 police, 21 Apr in north; state of emergency to last 30 days, include 5 northern regions.
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