Paraguay Mourns Presidential Candidate Killed in Helicopter Crash

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Paraguayans have begun three days of official mourning for presidential candidate Lino Oviedo, who died at the weekend in a helicopter crash, and await identification of his remains from forensic specialists in order to give him a proper funeral.

Oviedo, a 59-year-old former army general, his bodyguard and the helicopter pilot died Saturday night when the aircraft crashed in Presidente Hayes province, north of Asuncion, while the National Union of Ethical Citizens, or Unace, party's candidate in the April 21 presidential election was returning to the capital after participating in a rally in the central city of Concepcion.

In the wake of the tragedy, Oviedo's relatives received President Federico Franco and the full Cabinet at their home in the city of Luque, near Asuncion.

Franco decreed three days of mourning for the political leader and the country's main parties canceled their upcoming official events.

Paraguay is caught up in the campaign for the election in April, when Franco
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