As we reported earlier, the Paraguayan Senate voted to impeach President Fernando Lugo after a hasty trial. The Paraguayan Congress had voted in favor of opening an impeachment trial triggered by his handling of a land dispute between police and campesinos (“farmers”), which left 17 people dead (seven policemen and ten farmers).
A Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) delegation traveled to Paraguay to meet with the government and the opposition who pushed the impeachment trial. UNASUR had warned of a “camouflaged coup” and of the consequences that the President’s impeachment could bring to the country.
Today the Senate, which is controlled by the opposition, voted 39 to 4 that Fernando Lugo is guilty of poorly performing his duties, as reported by Paraguayan newspaper ABC [es]. Moments later, Fernando Lugo said he accepted the impeachment.
Netizens have been actively reacting to today’s developments.
Estela Nuñez Acosta (@Jesudi) [es] quotes the phrase repeated by legislators who voted in favor of the impeachment, and adds:
“Por la condena”.. todavía no puedo creer que algunos denunciados por corruptos y más pronuncien esta frase. #JuicioPolitico
Meanwhile, Alfredo Morinigo (@alfmorinigo) [es] tweets:
Regarding the trail, Sergio Lahaye (@SergioLahaye) [es] tweeted from the capital, Asunción:
Maybe I don't get it, but so far I have seen no proof that #Lugo is guilty of any of these charges. Just politicians shouting that he is.
While Lara Tomassi (@laratomassi) [es] says:
Se pusieron todos de acuerdo.. Tanto les costaba cuando trataban temas de salud, educación, transporte publico y demás precariedades?
Santiago Escobar (@santesgon) [es] laments what this political crisis means for Paraguay:
El juicio politico es una via constitucional de destitución del presidente. Nuestra constitución es superior a tratados internacionales.
Fernando Lugo’s Vice-President, Federico Franco, will serve as the new President of Paraguay, and Myrian Jara (@My_Jara) [es] argues that the process would’ve been different if Fernando Lugo had conceded his presidency to his Vice-President:
Desde un principio Federico Franco debia haber tomando el mando y Lugo haberle cedido su lugar y de ese modo esto no iba estar pasando.
But others, like Fabiana Silva (@fabisilvarojas) [es] reacted differently to Federico Franco’s new role and his speech on Friday:
Todo eso va a hacer en 9 meses? Discurso fuera de la realidad temporal. Por favor dejá de robar #Franco. Mi presidente no sos, no te elegí.
Federico Franco would serve until 2013, the end of Fernando Lugo’s presidential term. You can read more reports and reactions on Twitter under the hasthags #Lugo, #juiciopolítico (”political trial”), #apoyoaLugo (“I support Lugo”), and #Paraguay.