Weekly Report - 18 August 2022 (WR-22-33)

PARAGUAY: Ruling Colorados dealt twin corruption blow

The US Department of State (DOS) has upended Paraguayan politics in the space of three weeks. Fresh off the back of blacklisting the influential former president and tobacco tycoon Horacio Cartes (2013-2018) [WR-22-30] on 22 July, the DOS similarly accused Vice President Hugo Velázquez of “involvement in significant corruption”, prompting his resignation on 12 August. Velázquez also withdrew his pre-presidential candidacy ahead of primary elections in December. Both factions within the ruling Asociación Nacional Republicana-Partido Colorado (ANR-PC) have now been publicly tarnished by corruption. The political opposition, which has forged an umbrella coalition Concertación Nacional, argued that unity was now essential to capitalise on the opportunity it had been presented in next April’s presidential and congressional elections.

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