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Paraguay impeaches President Fernando Lugo: reactions at home and abroad

Venezuela says it will cut off oil supplies. Others aren't being so hard line, writes guest blogger James Bosworth.

By James BosworthGuest blogger / June 25, 2012

Ousted Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo arrives at the Pais Solidario party for a meeting with ex-ministers of the government in Asuncion June 25. Lugo branded the country's new government illegitimate on Sunday and called for a return to democratic rule following his sudden impeachment on Friday.

Jorge Adorno/REUTERS


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Brazil President Dilma Rousseff said that President Fernando Lugo's removal was undemocratic and [Paraguay] should face the appropriate diplomatic responses. Brazil will pull its ambassador to Paraguay and will vote to apply diplomatic sanctions at international organizations.
At the same time, Brazil has signaled that their reaction will remain diplomatic and not be harsher. An adviser to President Rousseff said that Brazil does not have the policy goal of reversing the decision of the Paraguayan Congress or otherwise interfering in Paraguay's domestic politics. This indicates that economic sanctions are probably off the table.
Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay announced that interim President Franco would not be invited to the Mercosur meeting in Argentina this week and Paraguay will be suspended as an acting member. Former President Lugo will be invited. Franco will likely try to send his foreign minister as a representative. It's not clear what economic impact the Mercosur announcement might have.

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