Paraguay. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Paraguay include Independence Day (May 14) and New Year (January 1). Former President and dictator Alfredo Stroessner died at the age of 93 on August 16 at a hospital in Brazil’s capital, where he has lived in exile since being overthrown in a military coup in 1989. Most famous for offering German war criminals a sanctuary in Paraguay, among others. a. Auschwitz physician Josef Mengele, and for being one of the initiators of Operation Condor, a secret intelligence network for South American military dictatorships in the 1970s. President Nicanor Duarte Frutos immediately rejected the demands of the dictator’s supporters for a state funeral. Instead, Stroessner was buried at a private ceremony in Brasilia, but relatives hoped his body would be brought back to Paraguay within six months.
In February, the ruling Colorado Party held congress to elect new leadership. The fears that the old dictator Stroessner’s followers would be taken over by a win for Osvaldo Domínguez came as a shame. Instead, the more modern phalanx under President Nicanor Duarte Frutos won by about 64% of the votes cast.
Former Vice President kidnapped
Hundreds of cars take part in a protest caravan demanding the release of former Vice President Óscar Denis, four days after he was abducted by members of the Marxist guerrilla group EPP. Denis and a 21-year-old employee of his were taken away from a cattle ranch belonging to the 74-year-old Denis who was vice president under President Federico Franco 2012–2013. EPP demands that two imprisoned guerrilla leaders be released from prison. The EPP also demands that Deni’s family distribute millions of dollars to the poor in the region where the guerrillas are active, and distribute its propaganda material. Denis Ranch is a mile from Yby Yaú, where two 11-year-old girls were killed when security forces raided an EPP camp a week earlier. That incident has led the UN to call on the authorities to launch an investigation.