Lugo claims Paraguay’s democracy is ‘broken’


ASUNCION, Paraguay — Former President Fernando Lugo on Wednesday urged international organizations to recognize that his ouster constituted a democratic breakdown and said he expected events in Paraguay to echo what happened in Honduras following that country’s 2009 coup.

Lugo told The Associated Press in an interview that there should be some form of punishment against the new government, but said he didn’t want to see economic sanctions that would hurt ordinary Paraguayans.

“The democratic process in this country is broken,” said the 61-year-old former Catholic clergyman once dubbed “the bishop of the poor.”

Lugo’s comment came ahead of a summit of the regional trade bloc Mercosur this Thursday and Friday in Argentina.