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Nicanor Duarte was the President of Paraguay from 2003 to 2008

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BirthdayOctober 11, 1956
NationalityParaguayan
FamousParaguayan Politician, Leaders, Political Leaders, Presidents
SpousesMaría Gloria Penayo Solaeche
Known asÓscar Nicanor Duarte Frutos
Birth PlaceCoronel Oviedo
GenderMale
Sun SignLibra
Born inCoronel Oviedo
Famous asParaguayan Politician

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Who is Nicanor Duarte?

Nicanor Duarte was the President of Paraguay from 2003 to 2008. Born into a politically active family—his parents were members of the Colorado Party (ANR-PC)—he was deeply influenced by politics from childhood. He became associated with the party at the age of 14 while studying in high school and after completing his graduation, worked as a journalist for several years. Later, he obtained a law degree, completed his doctorate and also earned a postgraduate degree in political science. Subsequently, he joined the Colorado Party and was appointed as the Minister of Education and Culture in the newly formed government in 1993. After serving for few years in the cabinet, he resigned from his post amidst a political controversy but later came back and served as the president of the party. In 2002, the party nominated him as the presidential candidate and with support from various political parties as well as independent groups, he won the elections, becoming the 11th consecutive ANR-PC candidate to be elected as the President of Paraguay. After serving for five years, he resigned from his post to become a Senator by popular vote. His decision was met with disagreement among the party members and finally, he was appointed as a non-voting Senator for life, a title he currently holds

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Childhood & Early Life

Nicanor Duarte was born on October 11, 1956, in Coronel Oviedo, Caaguazú department of Paraguay. His parents were members of the Colorado Party.

He was raised during the Alfredo Stroessner administration and at the age of 14, while studying in high school in Coronel Oviedo, he too became associated with the Colorado Party.

In 1974, he obtained his bachelor's degree in Sciences and Letters. Then he worked for some time as sports reporter, radio host and columnist, covering social as well as political issues.

In 1984, he completed a law degree from the Catholic University of Asuncion and went on to receive a doctorate from the National University of Asuncion in 1989.

In 1992, he obtained a postgraduate degree in Political Science from the National University and Hans Seidel Foundation.

Career

In 1992, after completing a master's degree in political science, Nicanor Duarte intensified his political activities and joined the Colorado Party.

In August 1993, when Juan Carlos Wasmosy became the President of Paraguay, he appointed Nicanor Duarte as the Minister of Education and Culture in his cabinet.

Later, following a political controversy, he decided to leave the ruling party and in February 1997, Nicanor Duarte resigned from his post. After that, he became a part of the Reconciliacion Colorada Movement (MRC).

In January 2001, he joined the ruling Colorado Party (ANR-PC) and was nominated as the presidential candidate by his party on December 22, 2002.

He understood the political scenario quite clearly and decided to stand out from the Colorado traditionalism. He emphasized on promoting the best of the party’s political profiles in order to gain the trust and support of the citizens.

He was able to gain the support of ADR (Republican democratic action) and the former President, Wasmosy. He also managed to have the less orthodox sector of the MRC by his side, with some opposition groups also welcoming his nomination.

Duarte began his election campaign after resigning from the post of Paraguayan Minister of Education and Culture. He won with majority in the primaries of the party and was named a favorite for the presidential elections of 2003.

As the preliminary polls predicted, on April 27, 2003, he was declared as the clear winner in the General Elections. He became the 11th consecutive candidate belonging to the ANR-PC party to be elected as the President of Paraguay.

On August 15, 2003, Nicanor Duarte became the President of Paraguay. He promised to look into the corruption scandals and vowed to work towards protecting the country from its historic debt.

On June 23, 2008, he submitted his resignation from the post to the President, with the aim to become Senator by popular vote.

His resignation was rejected by the members of the Paraguayan Congress and they boycotted the extraordinary session called in order to debate on his resignation. As a result, Duarte was forced to continue his term until August 15, 2008, and was unable to become an elected senator, becoming instead a non-voting senator for life as a former president.

In October 2013, he was appointed as Ambassador of Paraguay to the Republic of Argentina.

Major Works

During his tenure as the President, Nicanor Duarte pursued policies which opposed free trade and reached out to regional Latin American countries with left-leaning governments.

Personal Life & Legacy

Nicanor Duarte is married to María Gloria Penayo Solaeche and the couple is blessed with six children.

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Nicanor Duarte biography timelines

  • // 11th Oct 1956
    Nicanor Duarte was born on October 11, 1956, in Coronel Oviedo, Caaguazú department of Paraguay. His parents were members of the Colorado Party.
  • // 1974
    In 1974, he obtained his bachelor's degree in Sciences and Letters. Then he worked for some time as sports reporter, radio host and columnist, covering social as well as political issues.
  • // 1984 To 1989
    In 1984, he completed a law degree from the Catholic University of Asuncion and went on to receive a doctorate from the National University of Asuncion in 1989.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, he obtained a postgraduate degree in Political Science from the National University and Hans Seidel Foundation.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, after completing a master's degree in political science, Nicanor Duarte intensified his political activities and joined the Colorado Party.
  • // Aug 1993
    In August 1993, when Juan Carlos Wasmosy became the President of Paraguay, he appointed Nicanor Duarte as the Minister of Education and Culture in his cabinet.
  • // Feb 1997
    Later, following a political controversy, he decided to leave the ruling party and in February 1997, Nicanor Duarte resigned from his post. After that, he became a part of the Reconciliacion Colorada Movement (MRC).
  • // Jan 2001 To 22nd Dec 2002
    In January 2001, he joined the ruling Colorado Party (ANR-PC) and was nominated as the presidential candidate by his party on December 22, 2002.
  • // 2003
    Duarte began his election campaign after resigning from the post of Paraguayan Minister of Education and Culture. He won with majority in the primaries of the party and was named a favorite for the presidential elections of 2003.
  • // 27th Apr 2003
    As the preliminary polls predicted, on April 27, 2003, he was declared as the clear winner in the General Elections. He became the 11th consecutive candidate belonging to the ANR-PC party to be elected as the President of Paraguay.
  • // 15th Aug 2003
    On August 15, 2003, Nicanor Duarte became the President of Paraguay. He promised to look into the corruption scandals and vowed to work towards protecting the country from its historic debt.
  • // 23rd Jun 2008
    On June 23, 2008, he submitted his resignation from the post to the President, with the aim to become Senator by popular vote.
  • // 15th Aug 2008
    His resignation was rejected by the members of the Paraguayan Congress and they boycotted the extraordinary session called in order to debate on his resignation. As a result, Duarte was forced to continue his term until August 15, 2008, and was unable to become an elected senator, becoming instead a non-voting senator for life as a former president.
  • // Oct 2013
    In October 2013, he was appointed as Ambassador of Paraguay to the Republic of Argentina.

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    Nicanor Duarte was born in Coronel Oviedo

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    Nicanor Duarte's spouses is María Gloria Penayo Solaeche

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    Nicanor Duarte is famouse as Paraguayan Politician