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Paraguay’s Senate Has A New Leader


On Tuesday, the Paraguayan Senate, elected Senator Alfredo Jaeggli as its new President, who will serve in this new capacity for less than three months. The outgoing Senate President, Sen. Jorge Oviedo Matto, the nephew of deceased General Lino Oviedo, has requested permission to relieve the post after the recent scandal of illegal land acquisitions in Cordillera, made on behalf of the Paraguayan National Institute of Rural and Land Development (INDERT) from the San Agustin, S.A. Company which is owned by Sen. Oviedo’s father. Jorge Oviedo Matto, had decided to request permission and step down from his post, as the Paraguayan Senate members had initiated last week a political impeachment against him and their determination became more popular as the following week was approaching.

According to the Daily newspapers in Asuncion, this business deal was the coronation of a successful agreement, in a full scale political campaign season in Paraguay, between the Authentic Liberal Radical Party (PLRA) and the National Union of Ethical Colorados Party (UNACE). Such an agreement guaranteed the support by UNACE Party for the Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates running on behalf of the PLRA Party in the April 21st Presidential elections in Paraguay. Based on many public accounts, anti-corruption officials have stated that INDERT has caused to the government a financial damage of more than 12 Million USD.

Luis Ortigoza, the President of INDERT was immediately fired by President Federico Franco, as a result of being investigated for his suspicious and active role in the last land purchase scandal.

Juan Carlos Ramírez Montalbetti, Paraguay’s anti-corruption Minister and Former Ambassador to Panama, has been appointed to lead INDERT and is expected to address the public as the investigation has made some progress.

The new President of the Senate will be Sen. Alfredo Luis Jaegli, who had served as Matto’s deputy, and First Vice President. He is expected to lead the congress until the end of June, a time when the newly elected members of Congress will take the oath of office. Jaegli is replacing Sen. Matto in accordance to the chapter IV of the Senate rules, which guide the functioning and operation of the Paraguayan Senate.

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Peter Tase

Peter Tase

Peter Tase is a contributor, freelance journalist and a research scholar of Paraguayan Studies and Latin American Affairs in the United States; he is the founder of Paraguay Economic Forum in Milwaukee, United States. Educated at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and Marquette University, Tase is the author of "Simultaneous Dictionary in Five Languages: Guarani, English, Italian, Albanian and Spanish" and "El Dr. FEDERICO FRANCO y Su Mandato Presidencial en la Historia del Paraguay." Tase has written many articles on Paraguay's current Foreign Policy, Latin American Affairs and MERCOSUR regional trade issues for Eurasia Review and the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington, D.C.. Peter has appeared on SNT Cerro Cora, Asuncion and appeared in “Tribuna Pública” in TV Publica Paraguay, as well as given interviews for Diario 5 Dias in Paraguay, ABC Color, Ultima Hora, IP Paraguay, Revista PLUS+, Radio Ñandutí, Radio Nacional del Paraguay, and Spero News. Tase completed a Congressional Internship in the Office of Congressman Richard Pombo (CA-11), U.S. House of Representatives, and studied U.S. Government and International Affairs at the Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, D.C.. In 2012 he was an adviser of Foreign Affairs and International trade Issues to the Chairman of the Committee on Trade, Tourism and Industry in the National Congress of Paraguay. Peter Tase is fluent in Guarani, Italian, Spanish, Albanian and mainly writes in English and Spanish.

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