Demonstrators in Paraguay set fire to country’s congress amid violent protests against a bill that will let President seek Re-Election. Protesters stormed the legislature, breaking windows and fences.
The country’s 1992 constitution, introduced after 35 years of dictatorship, strictly limits the president to a single five-year term. But sitting President Horactio Cartes is attempting to remove the restriction and run for Re-Election.
Police used rubber bullets and water cannons to disperse the crowd. Earlier, the crowd took to the streets following a private meeting of senators, which approved a bill to amend the constitution.
The Bill must also be approved by the other House of Parliament – The Chamber of Deputies where President Cartes’ Party holds a majority.