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Stroessner's family arrives in Miami

MIAMI -- The wife and daughter of deposed Paraguayan President Alfredo Stroessner arrived in Miami early Friday on tourist visas, according to Paraguayan officials in Miami and Washington.

Career Consul General Cesar Esteban Grillon in Miami said Stroessner's wife, Eligia Mora de Stroessner, his daughter, Graciela Stroessner Mora de Gonzales LLamas, and her husband, Manuel Gonzales Llamas, arrived about 2:25 a.m. EST aboard a flight from Asuncion, Paraguay.

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They were greeted by the Paraguayan ambassador to the United States, Marcos Martinez Mendieta, he said.

'Our ambassador came from Washington to assist them upon their arrival,' Grillon said.

Ceserino Valdez, a spokesman for the Paraguayan Embassy in Washington, said Stroessner's family entered the United States for a visit on tourist visas.

'They arrived for a temporary visit in the United States and they will stay in Florida,' he said. The family will stay with friends at an unknown location, he said.

U.S. immigration officials in Miami could not immediately be reached for comment.

Valdez said the embassy had no information about Stroessner himself, who flew to Brazil after being overthrown by Gen. Andres Rodriquez on Feb. 3.

'We don't have anything official' on Stroessner's plans, he said.

Asked what Stroessner's family plans to do in Florida, Valdez said they would act as tourists and do 'nothing special.'

Stroessner had ruled the tiny, landlocked South American nation of 4.5 million people for more than three decades before his ouster. He left Paraguay for Brazil on Feb. 6 with one son.

Another son, Alfredo Stroessner, his wife, Marta Rodriguez de Stroessner, and their daughter apparently did not arrive with other family members Friday, Valdez said. He said he had no information on their whereabouts.

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