A Paraguayan Look at the Paraguayan Crisis

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Paraguayan congressman Sebastian Acha is, if nothing else, a very good writer:

No se ha coartado la libertad de prensa, las FFAA no salieron de los cuarteles, la policía acató inmediatamente la destitución del presidente, están en plena vigencia las libertad políticas, no se decretó ningún estado de sitio o excepción, no se ha resquebrajado la independencia ni separación de poderes. La Corte Suprema de Justicia ha rechazado la acción de inconstitucionalidad que pretendía dejar sin efecto la resolución del senado presentada por el ex presidente, y la Justicia Electoral, tambien parte del Poder Judicial ha reconocido al nuevo presidente, basado en que el mismo, al ser compañero de formula de Fernando Lugo, goza de la misma legitimidad otorgada por el voto popular al separado mandatario.

Los 17 gobernadores del Paraguay reconocen a Franco, el parlamento reconoce a Franco. Es decir, no existe ninguna institución paraguaya que cuestione la destitución de Lugo o califique de ilegítimo al presidente Franco. El propio Lugo aceptó someterse y el resultado del juicio político. El propio abogado de Lugo reconoce que el presidente legítimo es Franco.

En Paraguay existen total consenso institucional sobre la legalidad del nuevo presidente, y sobre la plena vigencia de la democracia. Por tanto, si las instituciones paraguayas no ven ningún quiebre institucional, ¿con qué derecho los países vecinos quieren contradecir la interpretación que nosotros hacemos de nuestra constitución?

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  1. And that contends the legality of President Franco in what way? Broken promises?

    Boy, what if we count the promises broken by Chavez? How much illegitimacy would that sack of potatoes amount?

    Just wondering…

  2. So, we’re back to the two main issues:

    1) what they call a political trial being different to an ordinary trial, of which all their institutions accepted the process and the result
    2) he did get a chance to defend before the Cámara Alta; it was the extension requested by UNASUR that was denied by Congress, with good cause.

    Quico, really, your take away from that exposé is the writing style? Please.

  3. He is a very good writer, telling the truth, no more and no less. It should be posted on every wall on every main square of our continent, to show that another world and another way of doing things is possible.

    And if somebody points out that it was too speedy, well, such procedures can be speedy as long as the impeached party is afforded their say in a court of law afterwards. It’s as it should be. The President should depend on keeping a minimum of confidence in Congress and the rest of institutions as to his/her ability and integrity.

    But Mercosur has already shown it’s face to the world, and it’s no prettier than the old picture they painted of imperialism and backroom dealings in smoky rooms by diplomats and oligarchs, only with new, “leftist” faces.

  4. “Para las instituciones paraguayas y sus dirigentes y responsables – hoy funcionando con absoluta normalidad y en un ambiente de tranquilidad social – es sumamente difícil justificar la pretendida justicia de la sanción al Paraguay, al tiempo que el mismo bloque (MERCOSUR) ignora las demandas internacionales e internas sobre las medidas claramente atentatorias a los derechos políticos básicos que comete el gobierno de Venezuela, situaciones aparentemente ignoradas o desestimadas para evaluar la calidad de las prácticas democráticas del sustituto de Paraguay.”

    I particularly enjoyed the style of THIS paragraph. Very good point. It surely wouldn’t hurt to decorticate it in a well written piece? 😉 😉

  5. I missed this post the first time around, and only came across it because of the (random) comment immmediately above, but I believe I have the answer.

    The countries which rejected Paraguay all have an experience with dictators who enjoy the broad support of the “institutions,” usually because they either replaced them/their leaders or cowed them into submission. In other words, the MERCOSUR countries looked at Paraguay and assumed it was just like them. Times change, people, at least for part of the world.

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