Police use water cannon and rubber bullets to drive demonstrators away from building while firefighters tackle blazes
Protesters defined flames in Paraguays congress after senators approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the election of a chairwoman to a second term, a move called illegal by opponent member states and opposed by the senate president.
The vote on Friday was followed by skirmishes outside the congress building between police and objectors opposing the amended. Some objectors transgressed through police lines and entered the first floor, where they set fire to newspapers and furniture. Police employed water cannon and fired rubber bullets to drive demonstrators away from the building while firefighters extinguished fires inside.
The measure was backed by 25 of the countrys 45 senators. The yes votes came from representatives from the governing Colorado party and from several opposition groups.
Opponents of the move included senate chairwoman, Roberto Acevedo, of the opposition parties Authentic Radical Liberal party. He argued the relevant procedures allows one to bring the amendment to a poll infringed senate the regulation and he filed an appeal to the supreme court seeking to have the vote overturned.
The proposal would allow the current president, Horacio Cartes, and Paraguays previous presidents to run for the top undertaking again in the 2018 election. Chairpeople are currently limited to a single five-year term.
After approval in the senate, project proposals went to the chamber of deputies, where 44 of the 80 members belong to the Colorado party. Approval there would require the scheduling of a national referendum on the amendment.