23 Jun 2012

Paraguayan president ousted

9:16 pm on 23 June 2012

The senate in Paraguay has ousted president Fernando Lugo after a swift impeachment trial.

The decision comes a day after the Congress decided to begin proceedings against the former Catholic bishop, who was Paraguay's first left wing president.

Mr Lugo faced accusations over his role in overseeing a police operation to evict peasant farmers a week ago, in which 17 people were killed.

He likened the move to a coup by the right wing-controlled parliament, but said he would accept the decision.

Paraguayan police have fired rubber bullets and water cannon to disperse thousands of Mr Lugo's supporters, who have been protesting outside the Congress building.