Weekly Report - 14 February 2019 (WR-19-06)

PARAGUAY: Zacarías Irún clan forced out of CDE

The political crisis that has engulfed Ciudad del Este (CDE), Paraguay’s second city, following the launch of an intervention by the national government due to allegations of gross corruption and mismanagement by the municipal authorities [WR-18-45] has reached a major turning point. Following a two-month intervention and audit of the CDE municipal administration, the national congress has taken the unprecedented decision to dismiss the elected mayor, Sandra McLeod. This could help to resolve the crisis in CDE but there are concerns that the it could create more problems for the government led by President Mario Abdo Benítez, as it has served to further deepen the internal divisions within the ruling Asociación Nacional Republicana-Partido Colorado (ANR-PC) party.

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