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Former Paraguayan Vice President Hugo Velazquez describes US corruption accusation as “conspiracy”

Former Paraguayan Vice President Hugo Velazquez describes US corruption accusation as “conspiracy”

The former Vice President of Paraguay Hugo Velazquez has once again defended himself against the accusations of corruption issued by the United States, assuring that it was a “great conspiracy” against him, moments after he handed over his command on Tuesday to Pedro Alliana, who will be during the next five years the ‘number two’ of the president, Santiago Pena.

“It was a great conspiracy where someone went to bring lies against me. I think that over time we will resolve, time will take care that we know what really happened,” he said after leaving the session of Congress where the transfer of his position to Alliana was certified.

Velazquez has lamented that this “political decision” made by the United States a month ago now threw his presidential aspirations to the ground. “I had to get out of my candidacy,” he recalled, stating that he will defend himself when there is a legal accusation against him, according to the Paraguayan press.

“We have to resign ourselves to seek and demonstrate the truth, we have no other. The United States is a very powerful enemy, we have to know that there is nothing in the courts there,” he pointed out.

Questioned about his relationship with the former president Mario Abdo Benitez, who is said to have withdrawn his support after the United States included him in its sanctions list for “significantly corrupt”, Velazquez has said that he does not need to be taken hand in hand

“I’m old enough to know how to defend myself,” he responded to the media, recalling that he promised to finish his term without getting into controversy with President Benitez and stressing that it is the first time in a democracy that a former president has gone to the transfer of power.

“I am going to dedicate myself to rest, reopen my law firm and we will see what to continue doing. I wish the new government success,” he concluded.

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