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Background. Following a violent coup in 1989 that ousted the military dictatorship of Gen. Alfredo Stroessner Matiauda, Paraguay formed a representative presidential democracy. The Constitution of 1992 established strong division of power between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. The president is elected to a five-year term and cannot serve in multiple terms. The bicameral legislature is made up of a 45-member...

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