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Paraguay's president fires interior minister, police chief

President Horacio Cartes has fired Paraguay's interior minister and top police official in the killing of young opposition party leader.

Published: 02nd April 2017 02:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd April 2017 02:51 AM   |  A+A-

Protesters chant slogans against presidential re-elections outside the congress building, in Asuncion, Paraguay, Friday, March 31, 2017. | AP

By Associated Press

ASUNCION: President Horacio Cartes has fired Paraguay's interior minister and top police official in the killing of young opposition party leader, a death that came amid violent clashes overnight sparked by a secret Senate vote for a constitutional amendment to allow presidential re-election.

Cartes said Saturday that Interior Minister Tadeo Rojas and national police chief, Crispulo Sotelo, had been let go.

Rodrigo Quintana, 25, was killed at the headquarters of a liberal youth activist group, a different location than the congress building where most of the violence took place.

Demonstrators set fires around the legislative building after the vote to allow Cartes to run again in a country haunted by the 35-year rule of Gen. Alfredo Stroessner.



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