Vast tracts of land are being taken over by powerful investors, many of them from Latin America. Such is the pace, says development expert, Cristobal Kay, that the continent is being transformed before our eyes.
A former adviser to the two left-wing parties in Paraguay argues that the fact that Horacio Cartes was new to politics, coupled with the inadequacies of the left, allowed the Colorados to appear as the new kids on the block.
'Paraguayans are landless lodgers in their country, with no right to share in the country's production.' Fernando Martínez Escobar says that none of the candidates wanted to change the economic model that makes Paraguay a 'poverty factory'.