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US Says Paraguay VP Is Corrupt, Upending Country’s Politics

  • State Department adds Hugo Velazquez to corruption blacklist
  • Velazquez to end presidential campaign, resign from office
Hugo Velazquez
Hugo VelazquezPhotographer: Norberto Duarte/AFP/Getty Images

Washington waded deeper into Paraguayan politics by making corruption allegations against Vice President Hugo Velazquez, who was also campaigning to run for president next year.

His blacklisting on Friday came just months before Paraguay holds primary elections and three weeks after the State Department banned ex-President Horacio Cartes from entering the US for alleged involvement in “significant corruption.” Cartes and Velazquez are from opposing factions of the ruling Colorado Party.