On Sunday February 3, the candidate for president of Paraguay, Lino Oviedo, died in a helicopter crash. The government of Paraguay, after decreeing three days of official mourning for the death of the leader and candidate for the presidency, promised a “thorough” investigation. Applicants to the various dignitaries of the main political parties, the Liberal and el Colorado, also announced the temporary suspension of their activities.
According to the reporter of “ABC Color” who accompanied the operative of Search and Rescue Service, led by the Air Force and the Volunteer Fire Department, they did found a crashed helicopter where they discovered the charred bodies of the three occupants in the Paraguayan area of Chaco.
The candidate Paraguayan left Sunday night in a helicopter to return to Asuncion, after attending a meeting in the city of Concepcion, however the craft lost contact with the control tower after a few hours.
Oviedo was one of the participants in the coup that ended the dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner, who was ousted in the night of 2 to 3 February 1989.