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Accused of corruption by the US, Paraguay's vice president resigns

The United States has included the vice president of Paraguay, Hugo Velázquez, and the legal advisor of the Yacyretá Hydroelectric Power Plant (EBY), Juan Carlos Duarte, in the list of corrupt people, as reported this Friday (12) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Both were denounced by the US for participating in “significant acts of corruption”, including the payment of a bribe to a public official and interference in bids.

The two, as well as their respective families, were included in the list of corrupt and will be denied entry into the United States, without being able to obtain visas to enter the country.

According to Blinken, Duarte, a close associate of Velázquez, “offered a bribe to a Paraguayan public official to obstruct an investigation that threatened the vice president and his financial interests”.

” Corrupt acts such as these also contribute to diminishing trust in the government and public perception. “These designations reaffirm the United States’ commitment to combating corruption that harms the public interest” , becomes an obstacle to the economic prosperity of countries and reduces the ability of governments to respond effectively to the needs of the population”, completes the note.

Hours later, Velázquez announced that he will resign from his position and pre-candidate for the presidency of the South American country.

“I, Hugo Velázquez, will make the decision that I consider best for the country”, he told Paraguayan radio station ABC Cardinal.

The vice president informed that until next Tuesday he will officially leave the post and that he left the race for the Colorado Party’s candidacy to head the country’s government.

He also declared that he was in favor of having his wife and deputy attorney general at the Public Ministry, Lourdes Samaniego González – banned by the US from enter her territory-, resign her public office.

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