Country Fast Facts: Paraguay





Paraguay

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In the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70) - between Paraguay and Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay - 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.

Source: CIA World Fact Book