By David Cheng
Nicanor Duarte Frutos,
current President of the Republic of Paraguay, was born on October
11, 1956 in Colonel Oviedo, Caaguazu. At the age of 14, while still
attending high school, he joined in the Colorado Party at that time
under the times most feared dictator, Alfredo Stroessner. His father
worked as a militant farm laborer under Stroessner’s Colorado
Party. It was also that reason that made young Nicanor wanting to
join in the Colorado Party.
In the year 1971,
he had received a bachelor’s degree on sciences and letters.
He then later at the year 1977, along with his degree, successfully
got a job as a priest chief at the radio station in Caaguazu. Then
on the year 1984, he got into the Catholic University of Asuncion.
There, he received a law degree. Later on the year 1989, he then
received a doctorates degree from the National University of Asuncion.
He was also the first
to hold in the movement called Reviving traditionalism, who is originally
led by their leader, Ángel Roberto Seifart. In August 1993,
when the Colorado representative candidate Juan Carlos Wasmosy Monti
was elected President of Paraguay, President Wasmosy then appointed
Nicanor as Minister of Education and Culture. Nicanor didn’t
stay as a Minister of Education and Culture for long, a series of
events in 1996 through 1997 led Nicanor to step down and resigned
his position. But that wasn’t the end of his career. He then
joined in Reconciliacion Colorada Movement, otherwise known as MRC.
In January, at the
year 2001, he started to prepare as a candidate for a possible running
in the governing party for the years 2001 through 2004. He was then
elected as the Parties leader on May 6, 2001. He then went ahead
and held this position until the mid 2003. Finally, in August 15,
2003, he took possession as the President of Paraguay. His term
is from the year 2003 through the year 2008, he then also became
the eleventh consecutive ANR-PC president.
Nicanor Duarte Frutos
is currently married, and has six children of his own. His wife’s
name is María Gloria Penayo Solaeche.
Currently last week,
he had met with Chan Shui-Pian, the President of Taiwan in Paraguay.
President Chan Shui-Pian came to visit Paraguay from May 5 through
May 7. Together the two Presidents sat and talk more about the themes
that would benefit both countries.