Paraguay has long been one of the poorest, least developed and most isolated countries in Latin America, dating back from when the country gained independence from Spain in 1811.
The landlocked nation is expected to grow by 10 percent this year – due in large part to soy and beef exports – but nearly a third of its people live below the poverty line, according to the World Bank.
It has been long ignored and bypassed by many businesses and development, even though it is a founding member of the Mercado Común del Sur. But as the 21st century strides wobbly into its uncertain second decade, Paraguay has the potential to be the next leader in a multitude of areas.
And that may depend heavily on its next leader.
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