- Paraguayan Civil War
The Paraguayan Civil War was a conflict in
Paraguaythat lasted from March to August 1947.
1940, President Higinio Morínigosuspended the constitution and banned political parties. Resistance to his rule took the form of general strikesand student riots. In 1946, Morínigo legalized political activity and formed a cabinet with the Febreristasand the Colorado Party. The Febreristas resigned from the coalition on January 11 1947, angry that Morínigo seemed to be favouring the Colorados.
The Febreristas made common cause with the Liberal Party and the
Paraguayan Communist Party. Rafael Francoled a rebellion which became a civil waras the Paraguayan armed forces, which had previously remained loyal, split, with almost all the navy and sections of the army joining the rebels. Morínigo, supported by the Colorado Party, including Alfredo Stroessner, fought back and eventually gained the upper hand, and had won back almost complete control of the country by August 1947.
* [http://www.onwar.com/aced/nation/pat/paraguay/fparaguay1947.htm Armed conflict database entry]
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