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Hugo Velázquez: the vice president of Paraguay announces his resignation after being accused by the US of “significant acts of corruption”.

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Hugo Velazquez is the Vice President of Paraguay.

After being accused by the authorities in the United States of “substantial corruption”, the Vice President of Paraguay, Hugo Velázquez, announced on Friday that he will leave his post next week.

Velazquez too will withdraw his candidacy for the presidency of the South American country, after positioning himself as one of the favorite contenders to succeed president Mario Abdo by the official Colorado Party.

The vice president announced his resignation after the US Department of State would turn him out for participation in “significant acts of corruption”and therefore he was forbidden to enter that country.

“I will submit my resignation to the vice presidency and I will also submit my resignation to my candidacy for the National Republican Alliance (NRA) of the Colorado Party,” the official told ABC Color radio. He added that he would focus on clearing his name.

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