Fernando Armindo Lugo Méndez Inaugurated as President of Paraguay

On August 15, 2008, Fernando Armindo Lugo Méndez was inaugurated as President of the nation of Paraguay. Lugo was a Catholic bishop, and resigned from the Church to pursue politics.  His election marked the end of six decades of right wing rule by the military dictatorship, and was bitterly opposed by the regime.  Lugo campaigned by walking barefoot in poor sectors of the country; his key slogan was “Lugo has a heart”.   His term in office has been marred by paternity scandals.  In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, Méndez stated that, “At the end of my five-year term, I want Paraguay to have changed its international image, to be seen as a serious country where laws and the constitution are obeyed and contracts respected. We want a fairer society, not one where a tiny group creams off the profits.” (Ahem, unlike the 1% concentration of wealth in the USA.)

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