Cartes, a former soft-drink and tobacco executive, said his decision not to run was inspired by Pope Francis’s call for peace and dialogue in Paraguay.
“We are saddened by what is happening, but it’s the usual politics,” Lea Gimenez, Paraguay’s vice minister for economic affairs said.
“Anti-imperialists and social movements will defend our democratic revolutions. Venezuela is not alone,” Evo Morales posted on Twitter added.
Security forces surrounded Paraguay’s Congress on Tuesday while lawmakers argued over a possible change in law that would allow President Horacio Cartes to run for re-election, a move that the opposition says would weaken democratic institutions.
Victims’ remains are the only ones identified to date among about 400 people who were executed and 19,000 tortured under the rule of Alfredo Stroessner, according to Paraguay’s Truth and Justice Commission, established in 2003.
Gabriela Michetti said the measure did not change Argentina’s pro-immigration, and sought to avoid association with measures implemented by U.S. Trump to restrict immigration.
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
“This is a coup d’etat to Mercosur and constitutes a very grave attack on Venezuela,” Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez told a press conference.
Paraguay which is proving to be the most critical of Venezuela argues that president Nicolás Maduro administration does not abide by democratic principles.