August 16, 2008 4:13 PM

Chavez seeks to pull Paraguay's new leader into his orbit

The dusty farm town of San Pedro, where Fernando Lugo ministered to the poor as its activist, left-leaning bishop, welcomed him back Saturday as Paraguay's unlikely president with hugs, cheers and exhortations that he not fail them. But for the second day in a row, it was Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who stole the show, as part of a determined effort by Chavez to tug Lugo into his political camp.

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