The form of government of Paraguay is nominally republican, but approaches in reality to an absolute dèspotism. Representative institutions exist in the form of a congress of several hundred members, which, however, is entirely subject to the head of the State. The latter, called President of the Republic, exercises the whole legislative and executive authority, and is commander-in-chief of the troops, as well as head of the Church, the law, and every other branch of the Government. The president has, moreover, the right to nominate his own successor.
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Statistical and other Books of Reference concerning Paraguay
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