Paraguayan farmers are demanding agrarian reforms that would restore lost jobs to the countryside. Jorge Adorno/Reuters
(Q24N) In recent weeks, Paraguay has been shaken by a fierce parliamentary debate about a bill – recently killed off in the House of Representatives – that would have allowed presidents to be re-elected.
And although photographs of the Congress building in flames and the murder of a young protester by security forces drew international attention and clearly demonstrated the limits of Paraguay’s democratic system, political turbulence is just the most visible aspect of the deep economic and social problems facing this South American country.
Paraguay’s baby boom
The country’s situation could, in theory, be favourable. Paraguay is in the midst of a demographic boom that is transforming the shape of its