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Paraguay
Capital:
Asuncion
Population:
6,191,368 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
In the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70), Paraguay lost two-thirds of all adult males and much of its territory. It stagnated economically for the next half century. In the Chaco War of 1932-35, large, economically important areas were won from Bolivia. The 35-year military dictatorship of Alfredo STROESSNER was overthrown in 1989, and, despite a marked increase in political infighting in recent years, relatively free and regular presidential elections have been held since then.
Government type:
constitutional republic
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $28.17 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
120,000 (2003)
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