The press, politicians and Paraguayan social organizations showed their disagreement regarding the proposal of investing 600 million USD in purchasing weapons for the armed forces.
The proposal emerged from the command of military forces and was backed by the Defense Commission of the Congress basing on supposed aggression threats of neighboring countries and on the deterioration of the military equipment currently owned by the country.
The proposal states that figure could be reached through foreign indebtedness and underlines some offers from Israel and Spain for purchasing 10 combat aircrafts, radars and other equipments.
Ultima Hora newspaper notes this issue was openly criticized since the requested figure equals that to construct roads and public works in the country.
An interesting fact is that Federico Franco, who assumed the Presidency of the Republic after leader Fernando Lugo was replaced, stated Paraguay suffers a military aggression threat by neighboring countries.