The Paraguayan President after protests refused to go for a second term

Horacio Cartes and Pope Francis (archive photo)

The President of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes said on Monday, April 17, that he would not run for presidential elections in 2018, regardless of whether or not the Congress an amendment authorizing the President to go for a second term. About it reports Reuters.

In a letter addressed to the Archbishop of Asuncion, Cartes said that inspired by the call of Pope Francis for peace and dialogue.

31 Mar protesters set fire to the building of the Congress of Paraguay after the Senate secretly voted for the amendment. The lower chamber still for the offer, which caused indignation of the opposition, did not vote.

The current version of the Constitution prohibits re-election, as it was adopted in 1992 after the 1989 fall of dictatorship.