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Paraguay holds general elections

Asuncion, Apr 21 (EFE).- Paraguay is holding general elections on Sunday, with the presidency, vice presidency, congressional seats, governorships and other posts up for grabs. The polls opened at 7:00 a.m. for the general elections, the sixth held since the advent of democracy in the small South American country. Some 3.5 million people are eligible to cast ballots in the elections, which are being monitored by about 500 foreign observers from a variety of organizations.

Vote-buying video casts shadow on Paraguay poll

A video in which an opposition legislator and government officials discuss purchasing votes created a stir on the eve of elections in Paraguay, which has a long history of corruption woes. The video clip, broadcast on the ABC news website, shows a conservative Colorado Party senator striking an agreement with two members of the governing leftist Liberal Party to pay $25 per vote in the central Caaguazu department.

CORRECTED: Vote-buying video causes stir ahead of Paraguay poll

A video in which an opposition legislator and government officials discuss purchasing votes created a stir on the eve of elections in Paraguay, which has a long history of rampant corruption. The video clip, broadcast on the ABC news website, shows a conservative Colorado Party senator striking an agreement with two members of the governing leftist Liberal Party to pay $25 per vote in the central Caaguazu department.

Vote-buying video causes stir ahead of Paraguay poll

A video in which an opposition legislator and government officials discuss purchasing votes created a stir on the eve of elections in Paraguay, which has a long history of rampant corruption. The video clip, broadcast on the ABC news website, shows a conservative Colorado Party senator striking an agreement with two members of the governing leftist Liberal Party to pay $50 per vote in the central Caaguazu department.

Vote-buying video causes stir ahead of Paraguay poll

A video in which an opposition legislator and government officials discuss purchasing votes created a stir on the eve of elections in Paraguay, which has a long history of rampant corruption. The video clip, broadcast on the ABC website, shows a conservative Colorado Party senator striking an agreement with two members of the governing leftist Liberal Party to pay $50 per vote in the central Caaguazu department.

Paraguay presidential candidate dies in helicopter crash

A conservative candidate in Paraguayan presidential elections scheduled for April has died in a helicopter crash, a person close to his family said Sunday. Lino Cesar Oviedo, his bodyguard and their pilot died in the crash Saturday night after taking part in a campaign rally and flying back to the capital Asuncion. Oviedo, 69, was the candidate of a conservative party called Unace. He is a former army chief who got into politics in 1996. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

Paraguay presidential candidate dies in helicopter crash

A conservative candidate in Paraguayan presidential elections scheduled for April has died in a helicopter crash, the government said Sunday. Lino Cesar Oviedo, his bodyguard and their pilot died in the crash Saturday night after taking part in a campaign rally and flying back to the capital Asuncion. Oviedo, 69, was the candidate of a conservative party called Unace. He is a former army chief who got into politics in 1996. The cause of the crash was not immediately known, although early indications were it may have been bad weather.

UPDATE 1-Paraguay politician who helped oust dictator dies in crash

* Death comes on 24th anniversary of coup against Stroessner * Rescuers find Oviedo's charred body in helicopter crash * Government declares three days of mourning * He had been campaigning in northern province of Concepcion (Adds details, byline, color throughout) By Daniela Desantis and Mariel Cristaldo

Paraguay presidential candidate and coup plotter dies

ASUNCION, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Paraguayan presidential candidate Lino Oviedo, who helped the lead the 1989 coup that overthrew former dictator Alfredo Stroessner, died in a helicopter crash over the weekend. A retired general known as a dynamic public speaker, the 69-year-old Oviedo was running in the April presidential election in the impoverished and politically unstable South American country.
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