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Paraguay President pledges to fight impeachment

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Defiant amid impeachment moves, Paraguay’s president has vowed to stand and fight rather than resign.

Fernando Lugo addressed the nation on television, saying he would respect the constitution and the law to face the “impeachment trial and its full consequences”.

Paraguay’s lower house of Congress voted to impeach him over a land eviction which ended in deadly bloodshed. The Senate, also controlled by Lugo’s opponents, is likely to follow suit.

Seventeen people died last week when armed peasant farmers ambushed police who had been trying to evict them from a farm in the northeast. Officers and farmers were killed in the violence.

Congress is now set to investigate whether Lugo failed to fulfill his duties by allowing the social conflict to escalate.