Paraguayan president promises reform

ASUNCION , Paraguay, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- New Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo promised during his inaugural address Friday to take on corruption in his homeland.

Lugo claims victory in Paraguay election

ASUNCION, Paraguay, April 20 (UPI) -- Fernando Lugo, a former Catholic bishop, claimed victory Sunday in Paraguay's presidential election, ending 61 years of rule by the Colorado Party.

Yellow fever case comes to Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, March 3 (UPI) -- An Argentine farm worker has reportedly been diagnosed with yellow fever after a recent rash of deaths from the mosquito-borne disease in neighboring Paraguay.

Paraguayans protest amid yellow fever

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Protesters set fires and blocked streets in Asuncion, Paraguay, amid an outbreak of yellow fever in the South American country, ABC Color reported Friday.

France sends vaccine to Paraguay

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- France is sending yellow fever vaccine to Paraguay to help deal with an outbreak of the mosquito-borne illness, ABC Color newspaper reported Thursday.

Paraguayan man found to have Yellow Fever

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Paraguayan health officials have reported the first case of yellow fever in more than 30 years, ABC Color newspaper reported Wednesday.

Paraguay warns of Dengue's spread

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Paraguay has issued a nationwide health alert in hopes of stopping an outbreak of dengue fever in the South American country.

Summit produces deal, rift

SANTIAGO, Chile, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The Ibero-American summit in Chile produced both a power transmission deal and widened a rift over a paper mill.

Paraguay political coalition disintegrates

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Fernando Lugo, a former Catholic bishop running for president of Paraguay, says his political coalition has fallen apart and he's trying to forge a new group.

Vatican criticizes bishop candidate

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The Vatican has criticized a retired bishop in Paraguay for deciding to run for president in 2008, ABC Color newspaper reported Wednesday.

Colombia and Paraguay make security pact

BOGOTA, March 8 (UPI) -- Colombia and Paraguay have signed an agreement to cooperate on security issues and the fight against the drug trade, El Tiempo reported Tuesday.

Paraguay installs new interior minister

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Paraguay's president installed new interior minister Rogelio Benitez Vargas Wednesday after the murder of the daughter of former President Raul Cubas.

Paraguay wants end to 'culture of death'

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte Frutos has called for an end to the "culture of death" in his country following the killing of a former first daughter.

Paraguay: Former first daughter found dead

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Paraguayan authorities confirmed Thursday they had discovered the body of the daughter of former President Raul Cubas.

Woman's body found

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A woman's body was found near Asuncion, capital of Paraguay, where police have been searching for the kidnapped daughter of former President Raul Cubas.
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Nicanor Duarte
Nicanor Duarte Frutos, president of Paraguay, speaks at the 62nd General Assembly at the United Nations on September 25, 2007 in New York City. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)

Óscar Nicanor Duarte Frutos (born 11 October 1956) is a Paraguayan politician who served as President of Paraguay from 2003 to 2008. He currently holds the title of Senator for life.

Born in Coronel Oviedo, Caaguazú, Nicanor Duarte grew up during the Stroessner administration and was affiliated with Stroessner's Colorado Party at the age of 14 while attending high school in Coronel Oviedo. Dr. Duarte is married to María Gloria Penayo Solaeche and they have two children.

In 1974 Duarte received a bachelor's degree in Sciences and Letters. In 1984 he obtained a law degree from the Catholic University of Asuncion and in 1989 a doctorate from the National University of Asuncion. Later he joined the ruling Colorado party. The preliminary candidate for the Colorados in December 1992 was the former minister of Integration Juan Carlos Wasmosy Monti who in August 1993 became the president of Paraguay. Wasmosy appointed Duarte as his Minister of Education and Culture. In 1996, a political controversy led Duarte to leave the ruling party. In February 1997 he resigned as a minister and joined the Reconciliacion Colorada Movement (MRC).

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