Paraguay president faces impeachment
Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo speaks to the press on June 20, 2012 in Asuncion, Praguay.
June 21st, 2012
11:07 AM ET

Paraguay president faces impeachment

Paraguay's president is under pressure after an impeachment vote in the lower chamber of Congress on Thursday, but Fernando Lugo says he will not resign.

Lugo's presidency became endangered when a liberal party that backed him decided to join an opposition party in supporting impeachment.

The impeachment proceedings follow a June 15 incident in which police clashed with landless peasants, resulting in 17 deaths.

The lower chamber voted in favor of impeachment, and the issue will now go before the Paraguayan Senate.

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  1. saywhat

    17 peasants killed in protests and the President is being impeached. Well Paraguay seems to be far ahead of many nations where protesters die and no one cares.

    June 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. just eye

    Agreed say what. We should impeach our president for with holding evidence.

    June 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Go Romney go! - Hoorah!"

    They voted for him. And just now they realized, they can't fix stupid?

    June 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tom

    That is the same jacket worn by Doctor Evil in "The Spy Who Shagged Me". Give that guy a white kitty and shave his head and, viola, Paraguay is the location of the secret lair!

    June 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mateo

    Truly unfortunate the protestors deaths, especially after so many peaceful protests recently. This goes to show how easy and quickly things can get out of control.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |