Chaos after Paraguay killing

IN AN atmosphere of growing tension and political chaos, Paraguay yesterday prepared to bury its Vice-President, Luis Maria Argana, who was assassinated on Tuesday.

The main trade union announced an indefinite general strike in an attempt to force the resignation of President Raul Cubas, Mr Argana's main political rival. About 10,000 rural workers were expected to join the general strike. The Vice-President's family blame the President for the murder.

With troops already stationed in the streets of the capital, Asuncion, there were reports that the President was planning to declare a state of emergency. Mr Argana, 66, died when three or four men in military dress stopped his car in Asuncion and sprayed it with bullets. There were clashes on Tuesday when 5,000 people marched on parliament to demand the President's resignation. (Reuters)