PARAGUAY | President interview: The reform imperative

PARAGUAY | President interview: The reform imperative

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. Cartes is a relative newcomer to politics — he had never voted before joining the traditional Colorado party five years ago. 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

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