Federico Franco Gómez

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Paraguayan President Federico Franco and President-elect Horacio... News PhotoAnnual Event,Applauding,Biggest,Federico Franco Gómez,Government,Horacio Cartes,Opening Event,Paraguay,Politics,Tradeshow,VerticalPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPParaguayan President Federico Franco (R) and President-elect Horacio Cartes applaud during the opening of the country's biggest annual trade fair, in Mariano Roque Alonso, on July 13, 2013. On Friday the Mercosur trade bloc meeting in Montevideo agreed to reinstate Paraguay's membership once rightwing tycoon Horacio Cartes, elected president in April, takes office on August 15. Cartes however appeared to reject the offer saying that Venezuela's admission to the group did not follow the proper legal procedure. Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay suspended Paraguay from Mercosur after Paraguay's Congress impeached leftist president Fernando Lugo and removed from office in June 2012. With Paraguay gone, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay admitted leftist Venezuela as a Mercosur member. AFP PHOTO / Norberto DUARTE (Photo credit should read NORBERTO DUARTE/AFP/Getty Images)