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UN Chief Expresses Concern for Democracy in Paraguay

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Paraguay's President Federico Franco,right, talks to Congress' Lower House President, Victor Bogado, during the presentation of his new government to Congress in Asuncion, June 27, 2012.

Paraguay's President Federico Franco,right, talks to Congress' Lower House President, Victor Bogado, during the presentation of his new government to Congress in Asuncion, June 27, 2012.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging all sides in Paraguay to peacefully settle their political differences which led to the ouster of the country's president.

A spokesperson for Mr. Ban said Wednesday the U.N. chief has been concerned about the implications for democracy in the country.

The spokesperson said the Secretary-General welcomes the fact-finding mission by the Organization of American States heading to Paraguay.

Paraguay's Congress impeached President Fernando Lugo last week and removed him from office. The opposition party controls both houses of Congress.

Lawmakers blame Mr. Lugo for ordering police to evict a group of peasant farmers who were squatting on a private estate. The farmers claimed the land was acquired illegally. Violence broke out, leaving 11 peasants and six police officers dead.

Mr, Lugo said he accepts the Congress's decision, but he says Paraguayan democracy has been deeply wounded.

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