June 23, 2012 - The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), today issued the following statement:
“Canada notes that Fernando Lugo has accepted the decision of the Paraguayan Senate to impeach him and that a new president, Federico Franco, has been sworn in.
“The stability and respect for democracy that currently exist in the region have been hard won and must be protected.
“We call for calm throughout Paraguay and will continue to follow developments closely.”
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