Paraguay Senate convenes to try president

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Posted: Jun 22, 2012 12:37 PM
Paraguay Senate convenes to try president

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay's Senate has convened to try President Fernando Lugo after he was impeached in a high-stakes confrontation between the leftist ex-priest and his former moderate allies.

Adolfo Ferreiro, one of the president's lawyers, says that Lugo won't appear at the trial in the Senate and is to be defended by his lawyers.

The Senate is trying Lugo for allegedly having a role in a deadly confrontation involving landless farmers that left 17 dead.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered at Asuncion's main square in front of Congress to show their support for Lugo and condemn the trial that could lead to his ouster.