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Paraguay

Republic of Paraguay
República del Paraguay (Spanish)
Tetã Paraguái (Guaraní)

Political Status: Independent since 1811; under presidential rule established in 1844; present constitution promulgated on June 20, 1992.

Area: 157, 047 sq. mi. (406, 752 sq. km.).

Population: 5, 183, 080 (2002C), excluding adjustment for underenumeration; 6, 454, 000 (2010E).

Major Urban Centers (2005E): ASUNCIÓN (517, 000), Ciudad del Este (247, 000), San Lorenzo (230, 000).

Official Languages: Spanish, Guaraní.

Monetary Unit: Guaraní (market rate November 1, 2010: 4, 955.00 guaraníes = $1US).

President: Fernando Armindo LUGO Méndez (Patriotic Alliance for Change); popularly elected on April 20, 2008, and sworn in on August 15 for a five-year term, succeeding Nicanor DUARTE Frutos (Colorado Party).

Vice President: Luis Federico FRANCO Gómez (Patriotic Alliance for Change/Authentic Radical Liberal Party); elected on April 20, 2008, and sworn in ...

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