Ousted Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo qualified the country’s new government as illegitimate and called for democracy to be restored. Lugo pointed out that the his removal from office was “a parliamentary coup against the will of the people.”
The former president said that he would support any peaceful effort to restore democracy. Lugo announced that he would attend the Mercosur summit in Mendoza, Argentina, which currently holds Mercosur’s rotating presidency, said Federico Franco’s government would not be allowed to attend the meeting.
The Congress of Paraguay said that Lugo failed to maintain social order following a bloody land eviction. Lugo has refused to help his successor due to the nature of how his government was ended. (AV)