Agreement with Brazil Compromises Paraguay’s President one Year After Taking Office

The pact between the two countries was secret and signed in May. It sets new tariffs and increased energy supply from Paraguay to Brazil. The opposition denounces the "handover" of its sovereignty and is threatening the head of state with impeachment.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Paraguay's right-wing president and close ally of Jair Bolsonaro, Mario Abdo Benítez, is suffering his most significant political problem since he became president a year ago, as a result of an energy agreement with Brazil that the opposition has denounced for its alleged secrecy and as a handover of national sovereignty.

The bilateral protocol signed in May became public knowledge last week; abruptly so, since it was announced together with the resignation of Pedro Ferreira, president of Administración Nacional de Electricidad (National Electricity Administration -- Ande).

Ferreira is said to have refused to . . .

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