"He was an individual with great charisma, he spoke (Paraguay's indigenous language of) Guaraní perfectly, and he wove jokes in Guarani into his speeches. He had the spiritual strength to put up with being persecuted. His military preparation enabled him to put up with extreme situations. In December, he even managed to come out of a Brazilian hospital with two stents after a heart operation with more enthusiasm than ever."
U.S. Undersecretary of State Peter Romero had declared after the Wasmosy affair that Oviedo "lacks democratic credentials."
Gonzalez took issue with that label, noting that Oviedo also "founded a political party and participated in elections, building it into Paraguay's third-largest political force."
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