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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Western Hemisphere: Paraguay, Presidential

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: WESTERN HEMISPHERE: PARAGUAY, PRESIDENTIAL
AND PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS; SCO PAULO


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Column by Eliane Cantanhde in liberal Folha de S.Paulo (4/22)
states: "A union leader in Brazil, a true Indian in Bolivia, a
nationalist colonel with leftist leanings in Venezuela and, now, a
former bishop in Paraguay. ... For centuries, the elites [in South
America] failed to promote development, real independence and, most
of all, social equality. In the 2000's, alternatives are sought... .
The political leadership of President-elect Fernando Lugo was
formed, in theory, by the Liberation Theology and, in practice, by
years of close relationship with the misery facing South America's
second poorest country... . [He] Inherited a broken economy,
excessive dependency on Itaipu, sweeping corruption and contraband
practiced in plain view... . The former-bishop...indicated that he
tends to balance a conciliatory spirit with the need for tension,
provocation and even transgression against old habits in order to
manage a country in desperate need of reforms, especially in its
political culture."

Latin America

Article in liberal Folha de S.Paulo(4/22) states: "Fernando Lugo's
victory in Paraguay closes a wide cycle of changes in governments of
Latin America. Party-machines and dictatorships that lasted for
decades were ousted in the last 25 years... . The situation nowadays
is one of deep divide in many countries... . Paraguay will probably
join the list... . Brazil [is seen] as an exception, as it is
considered a 'sensible' leftist government... . Lula chose to work
with traditional political forces... . In the countries that are
deeply divided today, the opposite happened... . It is hard to tell
which path is the least harmul to democracy and to the
establishment of stanards of income distribution that are decent at
a inimum. But to be able to leave behind dictatorshis and
one-party systems is a great progress."
Lugo's Victory

Liberal Folha de S.Paulo (4/22) ditorializes: "Endorsed by a myriad
of multiple-endencies parties, opposition candidate [Fernando] Lugo
was the depository of frustrations and the waring and tearing
accumulated throughout the Colrado [party] mandate, marked by
corruption, instbility, political violence and administrative
inefficiency... . All of this social uneasiness was not blamed only
on the 61-year rule of the Colorado Party. Brazil is also being
blamed, accused of ripping Paraguay off, especially in the 1973
Itaipu Treaty... . Lugo may ask whatever he wants, but he knows that
the chances that Brazil will modify the treaty are dim."
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