Paraguay 2005

South America

Yearbook 2005

Paraguay. The politically related violence in Paraguay harmed another victim during the year when Cecília Cubas Gusinsky, daughter of former President Raúl Cubas Grau (1998-99) who was kidnapped in September 2004, was found murdered in mid-February. The victim’s father, himself accused of involvement in the assassination of Vice President Luis Maria Argaña in March 1999, dismissed political motives, but the government accused the Liberal Party and the Colombian left-wing guerrilla FARC of involvement in the act. The incident and the subsequent criminal investigation led to the resignation of Interior Minister Nelson Mora and the unveiling of a widespread corruption rift within the police force. On April 21, the country’s police chief Carlos Zealaya also resigned, according to his own statement, however, for personal reasons.

Land area 406,752 km²
Total population 7,191,685
Residents per km² 17.7
Capital Asunción
Official language Spanish
Income per capita $ 12,800
Currency Paraguayan guarani
ISO 3166 code PY
Internet TLD .py
License plate PY
Telephone code +595
Time zone UTC -4
Geographic coordinates 23 00 S, 58 00 W

According to countryaah, Asuncion is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Paraguay. One of Paraguay’s most important opposition parties, the Partido Liberal Radical Auténtico (PLRA), decided at a scandalous extra-ordinary congress in October to exclude one of the party’s foreground figures, Domingo Laíno. The reason was that he voted for the ruling party Partido Colorado’s candidates for the presidency of the two chambers of Congress. The measure was spectacular because Laíno is one of the founders of the party in the late 1970s and who has been its presidential candidate on two occasions during the 1990s when he received 32 and 44% of the vote, respectively.

Paraguay’s internationally best-known author, Augusto Roa Bastos, passed away at the age of 87 on April 26. He was a staunch opponent of Alfredo Stroessner’s long military dictatorship (1954–89) and lived most of his life in exile in Spain and France.