Paraguayan presidential candidate Cubas
With more than 38% of the tables scrutinized, the Electoral Tribunal of Paraguay began to disseminate the first results: The formula of Paraguayo Cubas and Stilber Valdes surprises with more than 20% of the votes, thus removing Efraín Alegre (28.14% ) margin to fight Santiago Peña, who has already exceeded 45%.
Born in the US capital, a declared admirer of the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, and a confessed anti-system, republican and nationalist, the Paraguayan candidate Cubas intends to reach the Presidency of Paraguay to promote a revolution within the State.
Cubas, a 61-year-old lawyer who was removed by his colleagues from the Senate in 2019, is sweeping social networks for his open speech, mostly in Guarani, and for episodes in which he threw water in the faces of his former congressional colleagues. He reprimanded a police chief for his physical condition and even branded well-known leaders as corrupt.
“We are not going to alternate, we are going to make the radical revolution from the civil point of view,” the candidate for the National Crusade Party told the EFE news agency, who does not hesitate to hug, take photos, dance and even joking with his followers.
His style does not admit half measures: “I criticize this democracy, which has not fed or educated the people,” he expresses in an interview that he attends sitting on a sidewalk surrounded by cell phones that record the scene and the public that follows. watch your statements.
In 2018, Cubas said that he slapped his colleague and that he does not regret it (@zacariasirun)
He is also in favor of establishing the death penalty “for the one who kills to steal”, “the one who kills the father or the mother”, for “the femicide”, “the one who rapes a minor under fourteen years of age” and for those who “They profit with State money through money laundering, passive or active bribery.” True to his style, he assures that he will be the one to dictate the “harsh law”, but at the same time he will be “the first slave of the law”.
Similarly, he warned that, as is the case today in El Salvador, Paraguay needs a state of exception “to put an end to this streak of poor people who steal from the poor.”
If he comes to power, his priority is to change the Paraguayan Constitution, which he described as “the oldest in Latin America.”
Regarding the United States sanctions against leaders of the ruling Colorado Party, such as former President Horacio Cartes and Vice President Hugo Velázquez, he considered them a “geostrategic” error in the middle of the campaign, since he considers that they made the former ruler “a victim.”
“They were wrong. They should have waited out this election and then taken him to Guantánamo, wherever they want, but not now. This moment is very sensitive, ”said Cubas, who promised good relations with the United States, in whose capital he was born when his father, the military man Roberto Cubas Barboza, was assigned to the Organization of American States (OAS).
He was also close to Brazil and, especially, to Argentina, a country that he is grateful for having welcomed two million Paraguayans.
The candidates for president of Paraguay: Euclid Acebedo, Santiago Peña, Efrain Alegre, Paraguayo Cubas and Jose Luis Chilavert
When it comes to defining himself by a political reference, Cubas says he identifies with Bukele “all his life.”
“It seems to me that over the years he has become an eclectic. Today he is a very versatile man mentally and for the execution of his projects, ”he said about the Salvadoran leader.
He stressed that Bukele combines free supply and demand with State intervention. “Here in Paraguay it will be like this: the prices of the basic family basket must be regulated, because here there are no monopolies, there are oligopolies and that is the most serious problem we have today,” he defended.
And given the possibility that, installed in power, he will face a political trial similar to the one that evicted Fernando Lugo (2008-2012) from the Presidency, he warned that his detractors “are going to have to face five million Paraguayans.” .
(With information from EFE)
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