Paraguay. According to Countryaah website, national day of Paraguay is every May 14. Interior Minister Julio César Fanego and Minister of Justice and Labor Silvio Ferreira were forced in February to resign after much media attention surrounding the revelations that two left-wing activists had been tortured after being kidnapped by people with links to the police. The torture would have been aimed at forcing information on the kidnapping of a rich businessman’s wife, who according to police had been abducted by the same left-wing group as the two activists belong.
The opposition in the House of Representatives tried to set up a special commission of inquiry into the case and held President Luis González Macchi as the chief responsible for this form of “state terrorism”.
According to a report from Transparency International, which examines corruption in the world, Paraguay is Latin America’s most corrupt and the world’s third most corrupt country. The report gave rise to the organization of “The Day of Shame” on September 6.
The initiators urged all citizens to wear black armbands as a sign of sorrow, and the capital Asuncion’s daily newspapers had black stripes on the newspaper pages. The football team Sportivo Luqueño wore black jerseys. President González also obeyed the call and wore black armbands.
Area: 406,752 km2 (world ranking: 59)
Population density: 17 per km2 (as of 2017, world ranking: 106)
Official languages: Spanish, Guaraní
Gross domestic product: 29.7 billion US $; Real growth: 0.8%
Gross national product (GNP, per resident and year): 3920 US$
Currency: 1 Guaraní (G) = 100 Céntimos
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Head of State and Government: Mario Abdo Benítez Hugo Velázquez Moreno, Exterior: Luis Alberto Castiglioni Soria
National holiday: 15.5. (Independence Day)
17 departments and capital
State and form of government
Constitution of 1992
Parliament (Congreso Nacional): House of Representatives (Cámara de Diputados) with 80 members; Senate (Senado) with 45 members; Choice each every 5 J.
direct election of the head of state every 5 years (re-election)
elective 18-75 J.
last 2002 census. 5,163,198 residents
over 90% of European-indigenous, 2% of European descent, 1.6 % Indigenous (Guaraní)
Cities (with population): (As of 2017) Asunción 524,200 pop. (A 2.2 million), Ciudad del Este 296,600, San Lorenzo 254,400, Luque 247,800, Capiatá 228,400, Lambaré 173,900, Fernando de la Mora 170,400, Limpio 136,300, Nemby 131,000, Mariano Roque Alonso 99,700, Encarnación 93,200, Pedro Juan Caballero 91,500, Presidente Franco 85,800
Religions: 90% Catholics, 6% Protestants; Minorities of Mennonites; indigenous religions (as of 2006)
Languages: Spanish, Guaraní; Minority languages: Portuguese, German and others
Employed by the: agricultural sector. 21%, industry 20%, business 59% (2017)
Unemployment (in% of all labor force): 2017: 4.6%
Inflation rate (in%): 2017: 3.6%
Foreign trade: Import: US $ 11.9 billion (2017); Export: 8.7 billion US $ (2017)