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Fernando Armindo Lugo Méndez (San Pedro del Paraná, 30 de mayo de 1951) es un político, obispo católico reducido al estado laical y sociólogo. Fue presidente de la República del Paraguay, cargo que asumió entre el 15 de agosto de 2008, tras las elecciones del 20 de abril de ese mismo año, hasta el 22 de junio de 2012 cuando fue destituido vía juicio político. Su victoria en 2008 había terminado con el continuismo de más de 60 años del conservador Partido Colorado. El pasado 21 de Abril de 2013 fue electo Senador Nacional por el Partido Frente Guasú.

 

Nació el 30 de mayo de 1951 en el pequeño pueblo de San Solano, distrito de San Pedro del Paraná, Departamento de Itapúa, 300 km. al sur de Asunción y culminó sus estudios básicos en Encarnación, capital de ese departamento. Lugo realizó sus estudios religiosos en la Universidad Católica "Nuestra Señora de la Asunción", recibiendo el título de Licenciado en Ciencias Religiosas, y años más tarde el título de Magister en Sociología de la Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana en Roma, Italia.

 

El 21 de junio de 2012, la Cámara de Diputados del parlamento paraguayo aprobó la realización de un juicio político en contra del presidente de la República, Fernando Lugo, alegando mal desempeño en sus funciones. Actualmente, la comunidad internacional argumenta que se realizo un "golpe de Estado" y una violación del orden constitucional. Uno de los argumentos dados fue que a Lugo solo se le dieron 2 horas para presentar su defensa ante el parlamento.

 

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Fernando Armindo Lugo Méndez (born 30 May 1951) is a Paraguayan politician who was President of Paraguay from 2008 to 2012. Previously he was a Roman Catholic priest and bishop, serving as Bishop of the Diocese of San Pedro from 1994 to 2005. He was elected as President in 2008. In 2012, he was removed from office through an impeachment process that neighboring countries deemed a coup d'état. In 2013, he was elected as member of Paraguayan Senate in general elections.

 

Political career

Lugo jumped to the national arena by backing peasant claims for better land distribution. During 2006, opinion polls published by Diario ABC Color newspaper showed him as a possible choice for the opposition's presidential candidacy. Known as "the bishop of the poor", Lugo was seen in subsequent months as the most serious threat to the dominance of the Colorado Party on Paraguayan politics. Although he said he found the presidency of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela interesting, he made a point to distance himself from leftist leaders in Latin America, focusing more on social inequality in Paraguay. On 23 February 2007, a Prensa Latina article noted that the Paraguayan Interior Ministry offered Lugo protection because of the death threats he received during the course of his political activities.

 

According to a poll in February 2007, he was the leading contender in the April 2008 presidential election, with more than 37% of the voters' intention. On 29 October 2007, he registered as member of the small Christian Democratic Party of Paraguay (CDP), which allowed him to file as a candidate. On 20 April 2008, Lugo won the election by a margin of 10 percentage points, although far short of a majority.

 

On 15 June 2012, seventeen people were killed in a clash between landless farmers and the police who were trying to evict them; some sources consider that all this was taken as a pretext to expel Lugo. Lugo himself accepted his ouster, saying that any legal and realistic chance of reinstating him ended when the Supreme Court of Paraguay declared his impeachment and confirmed his removal, and the electoral court recognized Franco as the new president. However, he denounced it as "a congressional coup."

 

In the 2013 election to replace his interim presidential replacement Lugo ran as a senate candidate. He was elected as member of Pa. aguayan Senate representing left-wing coalition Frente Guasú.

 

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15th Dec 08

updated: 2013-06-25

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