Paraguay’s congress set on fire after vote to let president run again in elections

Police use water cannon and rubber bullets to drive demonstrators away from improving while firefighters undertake blazes

Protesters defined ardors in Paraguays congress after senators approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the election of a director to a second expression, a move announced illegal by opposition member states and opposed by the senate president.

The vote on Friday was followed by disputes outside the congress house between police and opponents resisting the amended. Some opponents burst through police strands and had participated in the first floor, where they set fire to papers and furniture. Police employed sea gun and shelled rubber bullets to drive demonstrators away from the building while firefighters doused infernos inside.

The measure was backed by 25 of the two countries 45 senators. The yes votes came from representatives from the deciding Colorado party and from several opposition groups.

Opponents of the move included senate director, Roberto Acevedo, of the opposition parties Authentic Radical Liberal party. He disagreed the process allows one to create the amendment to a poll contravened senate the regulation and he filed an appeal to the supreme court seeking to have the vote overturned.

The proposal would allow the current president, Horacio Cartes, and Paraguays previous chairmen to run for the top hassle again in the 2018 referendum. Directors are currently limited to a single five-year term.

After approval in the senate, the proposal went to the chamber of deputies, where 44 of the 80 members belong to the Colorado party. Approval there would require the scheduling of a national referendum on the amendment.

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