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Yearbook 2016

Paraguay. According to countryaah, President Horacio Carte's plans to bring about a change in the country's constitution for the 2018 presidential election so that re-election of a sitting president seemed possible to fail when Congress voted against such a proposal in late August.

2016 Paraguay

However, Cartes went on to announce at the end of October that he and his National Republican Organization-Colorado Party (ANR-PC) party would instead convene a Constituent Assembly to write a whole new constitution. The project was not only met by opposition from the opposition, but also divided Cartes own government party ANR-PC, but at a party convention October 20, Cartes supporters won a vote on the issue.

The low-intensity war against the guerrilla group EPP (Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo) came into focus after a military police patrol car was detonated by a road bomb near the town of Horqueta in the province of Concepción in the north, killing eight soldiers. It was the deadliest attack to date by the EPP, and President Cartes was forced to replace Interior Minister Francisco de Vargas as a consequence of the act. Prior to that, the head of the military police Martín Cáceres had been forced to resign after a young man belonging to the small German-murdered Mennonite colony Río Verde was kidnapped by the EPP in late July. Overall, the authorities were criticized for not being able to guarantee the safety of residents in the northern provinces where the EPP has been active for several years.

Education Minister Marta Lafuente was also forced to resign after several days of student protests against her in early May. The students occupied more than 100 schools across the country and demanded her resignation to stand up to charges of corruption.

A fire in Paraguay's largest prison in Tacumbú in June, when five prisoners died, focused on the problems of overcrowding and substandard infrastructure in the country's prisons. At Tacumbú, which seats 1,500 people, 4,000 prisoners were seated at the present time. Strong criticism was directed at the authorities, in particular against Justice Minister Carla Bacigalupo, who was accused of having done nothing to improve the quality of the country's prisons since taking office in January.

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