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Newsline: US Ambassador to Brazil Served in Paraguay Prior to 2012 Coup

The U.S. ambassador to Brazil previously served in Paraguay in the lead-up to the 2012 coup against Lugo, who was ousted in a manner similar to Rousseff. The possible role of the United States government in the ouster of the democratically elected President Dilma Rousseff is being scrutinized after it emerged that present U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Liliana Ayalde previously served as ambassador to Paraguay in the lead up to the 2012 coup against President Fernando Lugo. In a case very similar to the current political crisis unfolding in Brazil, Lugo was ousted by the country’s congress in June 2012 in what was widely labeled a parliamentary coup. The left-leaning Lugo took office in August 2008 and his election marked the end of 61 years of rule by the Colorado Party. His political opponents, like Rousseff’s, began conspiring against him almost immediately and Lugo faced threats of impeachment barely a year into his term.



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