Paraguay’s New President Wants Change at Home and Abroad

By Julieta Heduvan

Before his inauguration, Santiago Peña already advanced an ambitious legislative agenda—but international issues and ties to his controversial mentor could prove challenging.

ASUNCIÓN—Santiago Peña assumes Paraguay’s presidency on August 15 with a number of advantages, including a supportive Congress. But he faces also numerous challenges, as he tries to unite his party, manage the influence of his political mentor—businessman and former President Horacio Cartes—and handle international negotiations, from the Itaipú accord to U.S. sanctions against Paraguayan politicians. Paraguayans are concerned about unemployment, insecurity, corruption, infrastructure and healthcare—while the search for economic recovery from a 2022 contraction, driven in part...

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