Paraguay Vice President Withdraws Resignation After Corruption Claims

Written by on August 19, 2022

Paraguay’s Vice President Hugo Velazquez, who resigned last week after being sanctioned by Washington for “significant corruption,” said Thursday he would remain in his post after all.

He told reporters he had initially offered to resign as he “assumed” there was a domestic investigation against him.

But on Wednesday, he received notice from the Paraguay prosecutor’s office stating “that there is no case against me,” he said.

Velazquez, 54, said President Mario Abdo Benitez respected his decision to withdraw his resignation, which would also have entailed him pulling out of the running for presidential elections next year.


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