by Bill Bonnar
It was an election marred by blatant vote rigging and corruption with the opposition crying foul. It was an election which lacked legitimacy in the eyes of much of the international community and among its Latin American neighbours. Not Venezuela but in nearby Paraguay which last week ‘elected’ the billionaire Horacio Cartes of the far right Colorado Party to the presidency. Cartes, who previously served a jail sentence for corruption and drug dealing, was almost immediately endorsed by the United States as the legitimate winner in the election.
The contrast with Venezuela could not be more stark. The right wing opposition has cried foul on the election alleging widespread vote rigging;