Paraguay. Both President Mario Abdo Benítez and his Vice President and Minister of Finance passed a declaration of confidence on August 20. The declaration of disbelief had been demanded by the largest opposition party, the True Liberal Radical Party (PLRA), for the government’s handling of a controversial energy agreement with Brazil. But the proposal was voted down by 43 votes to 36 in the House of Representatives, which prevented it from moving on to the Senate. On the same day, a congressional commission launched an investigation into how the agreement came to fruition.
At the same time, figures indicated that the country was heading for an economic crisis. According to a report from the central bank in September, the economy was expected to decline by 3% during the year. The main reason was a decline in the important soya sector and the fact that American soy has supplanted Paraguayan soy on the world market.
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As in the Brazilian Amazon, forest fires raged in the Chacor region of western Paraguay and in the world-class Pantanal area on the border with Brazil. On September 10, a national emergency was issued, but the WWF estimated that 100,000 hectares, or 70% of the Paraguayan portion of the Pantanal, had already been destroyed and criticized the government for responding too slowly to the disaster.
At the beginning of the year, 300 representatives of Paraguay’s indigenous people in the capital Asuncion demonstrated against Brazilian settlers who intrude on their traditional land. The murder of an activist from the protest movement on February 24 increased tensions.
According to CountryAAH, the population of Paraguay in 2019 was 7,044,525, ranking number 106 in the world. The population growth rate was 1.270% yearly, and the population density was 17.7313 people per km2.