Paraguay. Political events in Paraguay during the year revolved around the double vacancy that arose from the assassination of Vice President Luis María Argaña in March 1999 and the resignation of President Raúl Cuba shortly thereafter. In the election of new vice president on August 13, Júlio César Franco, candidate for PLRA (Partido Liberal Radical Auténtico), won by less than a percentage point margin over the murdered Argaña’s son Félix. It is the first time in 50 years that anyone from a party other than the Colorado Party will take up an executive office. The opposition has also demanded the resignation of the current president, the former Speaker of the Senate Luis González Macchi, and an unsuccessful coup attempt was carried out on 18 May. at the congress building in Asunción. However, according to a ruling in the Supreme Court, Macchi is to continue the term of Cuba’s resignation for 2003.
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Former commander Lino Oviedo, who fled to Argentina in connection with Cuba’s departure, was arrested in June by Brazilian police in the border town of Foz do Iguaçu after staying hidden in Paraguay. Both in his home country and in Brazil, he risks prosecution for involvement in drug and arms smuggling and is considered to be behind both the assassination of Vice President Argaña and the coup attempt in May.
According to COUNTRYAAH, the population of Paraguay in 2000 was 5,323,090, ranking number 107 in the world. The population growth rate was 2.190% yearly, and the population density was 13.3984 people per km2.