Paraguay VP: 'I'll shoot down the president'

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Posted: Apr 29, 2011 4:36 PM
Paraguay VP: 'I'll shoot down the president'

Paraguay's vice president is urging his boss not to seek re-election in the most forceful way: He says he'll personally shoot Fernando Lugo down if he tries it.

Paraguay's leaders are limited to a single five-year term, so Lugo can't run again unless the constitution is amended. Still, Lugo said earlier this week that he will consider a re-election bid if his supporters demand it.

Vice President Federico Franco says even trying to change the constitution will be political suicide for the president.

And in a play on his own last name, Franco said Friday that he'll become Lugo's "francotirador" _ that's Spanish for sniper _ to stop the president from trying it.