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Corruption Found in Paraguayan Government, Military, Church

LADB Article ID: 79438
Category/Department: Paraguay
Date: 2014-09-26
By: Andrés Gaudín

Historically, Paraguayans cite the executive, legislate, and judicial branches—the three foundations of any democracy—as three main centers of corruption. As a logical conclusion, the international consulting firm Latinobarómetro’s annual study pointed out that democracy is not a priority for Paraguayan citizens. Only 50% of the population supports democratic institutions and it is the population that is the most skeptical about the system. Within this context, the Paraguayan armed forces appeared under a question mark and the Catholic Church was seen as the last institution unspoiled by corruption. In recent months, opinions about these two pillars of ethics plummeted, and they now rank as the most discredited institutions with the worst practices. This is not merely how citizens perceive the situation but the result of internal investigations carried out at the highest levels: a group of high-ranking military officers and a special mission sent by the Vatican in which Pope Francis expressed his displeasure about news from Paraguay.

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