Asunción, Jan 30 (EFE).- Former Paraguayan President and Senator Fernando Lugo thanked this Monday, in his first message through social networks since he suffered a stroke in August last year, “the many expressions of solidarity” that he has received during this time.
Lugo, 71, also released his first photograph in recent months, surrounded by leaders of the Alianza Frente Guasu – Ñemongeta (AFGÑ), who visited him on Sunday at the Fleni clinic, located in the city of Escobar, in the province from Buenos Aires.
«I extend my gratitude to the many expressions of solidarity that I have received in all this time. I thank God, the entire medical team, my loved ones, the international community, and the compatriots who accompanied me with their prayers,” reads the message posted on the leftist leader’s Facebook page.
Lugo, who heads the list of candidates for the Senate for the Guasu-Ñemongeta Front for elections on April 30, reaffirmed his “commitment to continue working for the construction of a more just world” and expressed his “irrevocable dream of a Paraguay for everyone”.
As transcended in Asuncion, senators Esperanza Martinez, Pedro Santacruz and Carlos Filizzola, as well as candidates and presidents of their organizations Ermo Rodriguez, Luis Paciello and Emilio Tillería, among others, traveled to meet with the political leader.
The former ruler (2008-2012) suffered a stroke in August 2022 associated with bleeding from a congenital arteriovenous malformation. He was transferred on September 7 of last year to Argentina.
On January 20, the former president’s lawyer, Marcos Fariña, defended Lugo’s candidacy for the Senate, after a pro-government legislator threatened to challenge it due to the “probable forgery” of the leftist leader’s signature.
Fariña then declared to local media that the registration of Lugo as head of the list of candidates for the AFGÑ Senate “meets all the legal, juridical and formal requirements” established by Paraguayan legislation.