Leaders Condemn ‘Persecution’ of Ex-Paraguayan President Lugo

Source:  TeleSUR

December 21 2016

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Protestors carry a sign saying “Stay Strong Lugo!” during anti-coup protests in Asunción, Paraguay, June 2012 | Photo: Reuters

Published 21 December 2016 (13 hours 29 minutes ago)

Politicians from across Latin America and the Caribbean denounce attempts to block Paraguayan “Bishop of the poor” from running for president in 2018.

The largest forum of political parties in Latin America and the Caribbean, COPPPAL, has denounced a ruling preventing ousted Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo from running in the next election as part of the so-called Plan Atlanta, a campaign by Latin America’s resurgent right wing targeting democratically elected leftist leaders.

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Our peoples will resist the dismantling of their victories

“The restoration of conservative forces, through parliamentary coups, always preceded by media harassment, as was also the case with Fernando Lugo and Manuel Zelaya, has had its successes, but will not succeed because our peoples will resist the dismantling of their victories,” said the statement, signed by COPPPAL President Manolo Pichardo of the Dominican.

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Fernando Lugo, ousted in a parliamentary coup in 2012

In a ruling last week Paraguay’s right-wing dominated election tribunal, TSJE, declared that Lugo, who was ousted in what many describe as a parliamentary coup in 2012 which signaled the first of many legalistic attacks on democratically elected left-wing governments, is ineligible to run for president in 2018.

Bishop of the poor

COPPPAL, made up of left-leaning political parties in 29 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, said that the ruling was part of a “political prosecution” of the former Roman Catholic “bishop of the poor” and popular progressive president, who currently sits as a senator.

Lugo and legal representative of the left-wing coalition Guasu Front called the FSJE ruling “illegal,” saying that only the Supreme Court can rule on the constitutionality of his candidacy.

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Lugo:  we came to stay and transform our history

“We always said that it will be the court that in the end will have the final say on whether our candidature is constitutional,” said Lugo in a statement released after the ruling.

The ruling comes months after current Paraguayan president, right-wing tobacco mogul Horacio Cartes of the Colorado Party, announced his intention to change the constitution in order to allow him to run again in 2018.

When he became president of Paraguay in 2008, Lugo broke the six-decade rule of the right-wing Colorado Party and was seen as part of the progressive wave of leaders elected through Latin America, sometimes called the “Pink Tide.”

In announcing his bid for the presidency in 2018 Lugo said, “The Front Guasu entered the political arena to stay, we did not come to do a fashion show or exhibitionism in Paraguayan politics, we came to stay and transform our history.”

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