Aug 12, 2022 - World

Paraguay VP to resign following U.S. corruption allegations

Paraguay's vice president Hugo Velázquez speaks at a press conference on April 5, 2017. Photo: Norberto Duarte/AFP via Getty Images

Paraguay Vice President Hugo Velázquez Moreno reportedly said Friday that he would resign next week after he was included on a U.S. corruption list for his alleged involvement in offering bribes to a public official.

Why it matters: Velázquez was seen as a leading contender to become a presidential candidate for the Colorado Party in next year’s elections, the AP reports.

  • While he dropped out of the presidential race upon the U.S. designation, Velázquez has maintained his innocence, per the AP.

Driving the news: Marc Ostfield, the U.S. ambassador to Paraguay, announced Friday morning that Velázquez would be added to a U.S. corruption list for allegedly offering bribes to a public official, per the AP. His close associate Juan Carlos Duarte was also added to the U.S. corruption list.

  • Velázquez and Duarte are barred from from entering the U.S. as a result of the designation.

What they're saying: "We stand committed to supporting democracy and promoting accountability for corrupt officials," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a tweet on Friday.

  • "We will continue working with (President Mario Abdo Benítez) and his government, against corruption and impunity, while promoting the economic growth of both countries," Ostfield said in a tweet.
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