A Presidential election will take place in Paraguay next Sunday (12 February). There is no?
CU ZOOM OUT TO GV: Presidential Palace, Asuncion
GV: Paraguayan government ministers, ZOOM IN TO CU: Stroessner.
SV: ministers salute GV Stroessner signs book.
1968: GV: White House lawn, Washington, car arrives, Stroessner alights, greeted by Johnson, SV onlookers. (2 shots)
SV: Stroessner and Johnson walk to rostrum, GV Flags, guns fired in salute in background (2 shots)
1973: GV: aircraft landing Madrid Airport, CU flags MV Spanish dignitaries round aircraft steps (3 shots)
SV: Stroessner, with Franco behind him, greets ministers.
1972: GV: crowd in street, Asuncion
SV: Peron on balcony, waving SV crowd wave back, LV Peron (3 shots)
GV PAN: Asuncion City.
MV: men in cart, SV small boy on board on wheels (2 shots)
SV: bus in street, GV, church, GV new apartment block. (3 shots)
1977: SV: mounted troopers in parade, Videla and Stroessner mount rostrum, crowd applaud (2 shots) (SOUND)
SV: troops march past saluting Presidents (3 shots)
GV: troops drawn up outside palace.
SV INTERIOR: Videla enters room, greeted by Stroessner, CU Stroessner, PULL BACK TO two Presidents talking.
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Background: A Presidential election will take place in Paraguay next Sunday (12 February). There is no doubt about the outcome: General Alfrado Stroessner, who has been head of state since August 1954, faces no effective opposition, and will be chose for another five-year term.
SYNOPSIS: Before General Stroessner took over, Paraguay had 22 Presidents in 27 years. he brought stability, at the cost of political repression. He was a professional soldier, the son of German immigrants, who rose to be Commander in Chief. After serving two terms, he had the constitution changed to allow his two more; then changed again so that he could stand indefinitely.
President Stroessner has taken rouble to maintain good relations with the United States. President Johnson, who received him at the White House in 1968, congratulated him on Paraguay's level of economic development. That was the era of the Alliance for Progress in the American hemisphere. Last September, he was in Washington again, and President Carter acknowledged that there had been some improvement recently in Paraguay's poor record in the field of human rights. Some political prisoners had been released, and others finally brought to trial.
In 1973, President Stroessner visited General France in Madrid. He has been compared with the Spanish dictator, particularly for his durability, but claims more democratic backing.
Paraguay has a reputation as a haven for exiles. Juan Peron took refuge there after he was overthrown as President of Argentina in 1955. He returned 17 years later, not long before his restoration, to thank the Paraguayan people.
Asuncion is Paraguay's only sizeable city, wit a population approaching half a million. Although the country is substantially larger than Italy, its total population is not much more than 2???? million. Most of them are of mixed American-Indian and Spanish descent and speak an Indian language. There is also a high proportion of prosperous immigrants: Canadians, Russian, Ukrainians, Japanese, Germans and Hungarians. The Roman Catholic Church is the champion of the poorer Spanish-Indians, and as such a focus of opposition to the government.
President Stroessner was host to President Jorge Videla of Argentina last April. Their main object was to sign an agreement on the development scheme for the Parana River, which borders both countries; but they also found time to watch detachments of Paraguay's armed forces go through their paces.
Military men now lead three of the southern Latin American countries: General Videla, General Pinochet in Chile, and General Stroessner. At 65, President Stroessner is the oldest of them -- and much the longest is office. The indications are that he will remain in control of Paraguay for some time to come.