Political Novice Horacio Cartes Wins Paraguay Elections



ASUNCION – Self-made millionaire Horacio Cartes won Paraguay’s election on Sunday with 46% of the vote, returning the conservative Colorado Party to power.

Cartes, 58, is a political novice, who had never voted before joining the Colorado Party (ANR) four years ago, reports MercoPress.

He owns dozens of companies in the tobacco, meat and soft drink industries, as well as a bank and a soccer club.

The Colorado Party had been in power for 61 years until former Roman Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo was elected in 2008. His Liberal Party only garnered 37% of the vote in Sunday’s election, and candidate Efrain Alegre conceded defeat in a brief speech: "The Paraguayan people have spoken. There's nothing more to say,” writes Ultima Hora.

The private sector applauded the election of one of Paraguay’s most prominent businessmen, reports La Nacion.

Nobel Prize laureate Oscar Arias, who oversaw the election for the Organization of American States, said that “it was an exemplary election day,” although there had been some “small incidents, which you see even in the consolidated democracies."

During his victory speech, Cartes called for unity and said "I want the people who did not vote for us to know that I'll put all my effort into earning their trust," reports in La Nacion.

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.

Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?

The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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