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Paraguayan Interior Minister Replaced

Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte has replaced his interior minister and fired 31 police officers, one week after the kidnapped daughter of a former president was found dead.

Mr. Duarte Wednesday named Rogelio Benitez as the country's fourth interior minister in a year. Mr. Benitez replaces Nelson Mora, who resigned Tuesday in the political uproar surrounding Cecilia Cubas' death.

The 32-year-old woman was the daughter of former President Raul Cubas. Her body was discovered buried under a house outside Asuncion, five months after she was kidnapped.

Police have detained several suspects and are looking into allegations that rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia were involved in Ms. Cubas' disappearance.

Raul Cubas was president of Paraguay from August 1998 to March 1999.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.