Former Catholic Bishop Fernando Lugo wins the presidency in Paraguay. Interestingly, Paraguay is where President Bush has purchased a large swath of land and is expected to retire…. something to do with extradition treaties.

Mr Lugo brought together leftist unions, indigenous people and poor farmers into a coalition to form the centre-left Patriotic Alliance for Change.

I invite Paraguayans of all political types, even the ones who don’t share our ideals, to help this country that was once great be great again
Fernando Lugo

Observers say that the man often described as the “bishop for the poor”, is a virtual political novice, best known for his advocacy of land reform and calls to renegotiate an energy treaty with neighbouring Brazil.

Speaking to his supporters at his campaign headquarters, Mr Lugo said the result showed that little people could also win and that this was the Paraguay he had dreamt about – a country for everyone.

This is evidence that when the people band together they can get things done over powerful corporate interests