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New Paraguay president sworn in

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 02:00

Jun 23 - Paraguay swears in a new president hours after the former incumbent is removed from office following a lighning-fast impeachment trial. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Paraguay's new president was sworn in within hours of the sudden departure of the incumbent. Vice-President Federico Franco's taken over the job after the controversial impeachment of Fernando Lugo. SOUNDBITE: FEDERICO FRANCO, NEW PRESIDENT OF PARAGUAY, SAYING (Spanish): "I come to ratify my unrestrained willingness to respect the democratic institutions, the state of law, the validity of the state of law, human rights, and the commitment to honour the debts and commitments assumed by the government." Lugo was removed from office on Friday after a lightning-fast impeachment trial. He's been found guilty of mishandling armed clashes over a land eviction last week in which 17 police and peasant farmers were killed. Lugo says he accepts the decision but said it was tantamount to a coup. SOUNDBITE: FERNANDO LUGO, FORMER PRESIDENT, SAYING (Spanish): "Today it is not Fernando Lugo who is deposed (HE SAYS), it is the Paraguayan story, it's democracy that has been profoundly hurt, in which all its principles of defence have been transgressed in a cowardly, treacherous way and I hope that its executors recognise the gravity of their deeds." Lugo urged supporters angered by the news of his demise to protest peacefully but there were some clashes as the announcement was made. His successor, Franco, had been expected to stand for the job in elections next year. Paul Chapman, Reuters

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New Paraguay president sworn in

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 02:00