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In 2008, Fernando Lugo was elected president of Paraguay, breaking the 60-year, one-party rule of the Colorado party in a country dependent on foreign powers and dominated by a corrupt, clientelist, and violent political and economic elite. Lugo's election can be explained by changes taking place in the economic context, the exacerbation of structural inequities, divisions in the ruling elite, and the mounting politicization of both rural and urban social movements. This article analyzes howdoi:10.1080/19187033.2013.11674972 fatcat:3ttey7xho5fwrgxayvobqqlqay