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Paraguay


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Republic of Paraguay

        conventional short form:
        Paraguay

        local long form:
        Republica del Paraguay

        local short form:
        Paraguay

    • Digraph:
      PA

    • Type:
      republic

    • Capital:
      Asuncion

    • Administrative divisions:
      19 departments (departamentos, singular - departamento); Alto Paraguay, Alto Parana, Amambay, Boqueron, Caaguazu, Caazapa, Canindeyu, Central, Chaco, Concepcion, Cordillera, Guaira, Itapua, Misiones, Neembucu, Nueva Asuncion, Paraguari, Presidente Hayes, San Pedro

    • Independence:
      14 May 1811 (from Spain)

    • National holiday:
      Independence Days, 14-15 May (1811)

    • Constitution:
      promulgated 20 June 1992

    • Legal system:
      based on Argentine codes, Roman law, and French codes; judicial review of legislative acts in Supreme Court of Justice; does not accept compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

    • Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal and compulsory up to age 60

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state and head of government:
        President Juan Carlos WASMOSY (since 15 August 1993); Vice President Roberto Angel SEIFART (since 15 August 1993); election last held 9 May 1993 (next to be held May 1998); results - Juan Carlos WASMOSY 40.09%, Domingo LAINO 32.06%, Guillermo CABALLERO VARGAS 23.04%

        cabinet:
        Council of Ministers; nominated by the president

    • Legislative branch:
      bicameral Congress (Congreso)

        Chamber of Senators (Camara de Senadores):
        elections last held 9 May 1993 (next to be held May 1998); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (45 total) Colorado Party 20, PLRA 17, EN 8

        Chamber of Deputies (Camara de Diputados):
        elections last held on 9 May 1993 (next to be held by May 1998); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (80 total) Colorado Party 38, PLRA 33, EN 9

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court of Justice (Corte Suprema de Justicia)

    • Political parties and leaders:
      Colorado Party, Eugenio SANABRIA CANTERO, president; Authentic Radical Liberal Party (PLRA), Domingo LAINO; National Encounter (EN), Guillermo

        CABALLERO VARGAS (the EN party includes the following minor parties:
        Christian Democratic Party (PDC), Jose Angel BURRO; Febrerista Revolutionary Party (PRF), Euclides ACEVEDO; Popular Democratic Party (PDP), Hugo RICHER)

    • Other political or pressure groups:
      Confederation of Workers (CUT); Roman Catholic Church

    • Member of:
      AG (observer), CCC, ECLAC, FAO, G-77, GATT, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, IOC, IOM, ITU, LAES, LAIA, MERCOSUR, OAS, OPANAL, PCA, RG, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Jorge Genaro Andres PRIETO CONTI

        chancery:
        2400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 483-6960 through 6962

        FAX:
        [1] (202) 234-4508

        consulate(s) general:
        Miami, New Orleans, and New York

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Robert SERVICE

        embassy:
        1776 Avenida Mariscal Lopez, Asuncion

        mailing address:
        C. P. 402, Asuncion; Unit 4711, APO AA 34036-0001

        telephone:
        [595] (21) 213-715

        FAX:
        [595] (21) 213-728

    • Flag:
      three equal, horizontal bands of red (top), white, and blue with an emblem centered in the white band; unusual flag in that the emblem is different on each side; the obverse (hoist side at the left) bears the national coat of arms (a yellow five-pointed star within a green wreath capped by the words REPUBLICA DEL PARAGUAY, all within two circles); the reverse (hoist side at the right) bears the seal of the treasury (a yellow lion below a red Cap of Liberty and the words Paz y Justicia (Peace and Justice) capped by the words REPUBLICA DEL PARAGUAY, all within two circles)






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