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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Oviedo Urged to Resign

ASUNCION, Paraguay -- Latin American leaders and the United States urged Paraguay's military chief to follow orders that he surrender power, fearing that the country's recent return to democracy may be endangered.

General Lino Oviedo, 54, was holed up inside an army barracks Tuesday morning after refusing President Juan Carlos Wasmosy's order to resign.

Wasmosy, who in 1993 won Paraguay's first democratic elections in nearly 50 years, fired Oviedo on Monday for insubordination. He said the general had violated a constitutional ban against military participation in politics.