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03 October 2023

Paraguay president in hospital for cancer care


Paraguay’s President Fernando Lugo checked in for a follow-up visit on Wednesday at the Brazilian hospital in Sao Paulo where he has been treated for cancer in recent months, officials said.

The 59-year-old “will be undergoing tests to monitor his condition and undergo treatment,” said a statement from the prestigious Sirio-Libanes Hospital.
Lugo revealed in August that he was suffering from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and has undergone various rounds of chemotherapy at the Brazilian clinic, with his most recent treatment just last month.
His 2008 election raised hopes for change after 62 years of rule by the conservative Colorado party, including a dictatorship from 1954 to 1989.
But his approval rating has slipped from 90 percent after the election to 50 percent, according to recent polls, and his health problems have only increased political uncertainty in Paraguay.
The leftist leader and former Roman Catholic bishop was expected to return to Asuncion on Thursday.