June 23 - Paraguay's President Federico Franco asks for understanding from other nations, says there was no ''coup''.
Paraguay's newly sworn-in President Federico Franco told reporters Saturday that Friday's move to oust Fernando Lugo was an impeachment, not a coup. Centrist vice president and a Lugo political opponent, Federico Franco, was sworn in to complete the last year of his presidency. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRESIDENT FEDERICO FRANCO SAYING: "The situation is not easy, I recognize that there are inconveniences with the international community. I ratify and reaffirm that there was no coup here, there is no institutional breakdown. This was carried out in accordance with the constitution and the laws. It is a legal situation that the constitution and the laws of my country permits us to do in order to carry out changes when the situation calls for it. What was carried out was a political trial in accordance with the constitution and the laws." Paraguay's Congress removed President Fernando Lugo from office on Friday after a lightning-quick impeachment that he said was tantamount to a coup but pledged to accept. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters