Paraguayan Congress rejects re-election reform bid

ASUNCION,  (Reuters) – Paraguay’s  opposition-controlled Congress rejected yesterday a  constitutional reform that would have let leftist President  Fernando Lugo run for re-election.

The reform drive, led by Lugo’s supporters, proved  controversial in a country where many people have painful  memories of General Alfredo Stroessner’s 35-year dictatorship.

Lugo’s allies last month presented a petition to Congress  signed by 90,000 people, urging lawmakers to amend the  constitution, which has limited leaders to a single term since  1992. Lugo, a former Roman Catholic bishop who quit the Church to  run for the presidency, says he is not interested in seeking  another five-year term in 2013. Opposition senators disputed  that during Thursday’s debate.

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