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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: 6,910,609 (2014E—UN); 6,703,860 (2014E—U.S. Census).

Major Urban Centers (2008E): ASUNCIÓN (518,792).

Official Languages: Spanish, Guaraní.

Monetary Unit: Guaraní (market rate October 1, 2014: 4,492.20 guaraníes = $1US).

President: Horacio CARTES (National Republican Association–Colorado Party); elected on April 21, 2013, and sworn in on August 15, 2013, succeeding Luis Federico FRANCO Gómez (Patriotic Alliance for Change/Authentic Radical Liberal Party).

Vice President: Juan AFARA Marques (National Republican Association–Colorado Party); elected on April 21, 2013, and sworn in on August 15, 2013, succeeding Oscar Amancio DENIS (Authentic Radical Liberal Party).

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A landlocked, semitropical country wedged between Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil, the Republic ...

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