Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara will complete one year in office in
August 2014, having won Paraguay’s presidential
election in April of the previous year.
PARAGUAY | President interview: The reform imperative
Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes says he wants to bring people out of poverty and into the official workforce – rather than raising taxes
Cartes is a relative newcomer to politics — he had
never voted before joining the traditional Colorado party five
The 58-year-old former businessman managed to become one of
the wealthiest people in his country thanks to various
interests in banking, tobacco, meat and soft drinks, although
he has officially severed links with all his former companies.
He also controlled the Liberdad soccer club.
Cartes grew up in his native Asunción,
Paraguay’s capital city, and studied engineering
in the US before returning to work with his father, who
imported Cessna aircrafts to the South American country.
Cartes is both a conservative in politics and a liberal in
economics. But he is also a modernizer within the Colorado
party, which has dominated Paraguayan politics for...
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