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Longtime Paraguayan Dictator Stroessner Dies


Former Paraguayan dictator General Alfredo Stroessner, who ruled the South American nation for 35 years, has died. He was 93-years-old.

Officials at a Brazilian hospital announced the death Wednesday, days after Stroessner was placed in intensive care following a hernia operation.

The longtime dictator lived in Brazil since 1989, when he was toppled by a military coup and fled his country.

In recent years, Paraguay's government had sought to question Stroessner about alleged human rights violations under his rule, including the disappearance of hundreds of political opponents.

Critics accused his administration of corruption and of cooperating with other Latin American governments in "Operation Condor" to repress leftist groups.

Stroessner took power in a 1954 coup and became one of the longest serving leaders in the 20th century.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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