Gen. Andres Rodriguez,73, who ousted Paraguay's dictator...


April 23, 1997

Gen. Andres Rodriguez,73, who ousted Paraguay's dictator in a 1989 coup and steered the country back to democracy, died of cancer Monday in Asuncion, Paraguay.

He was dictator Alfredo Stroessner's right-hand man and commander of Paraguay's 3,000-man 1st Army Corps for almost three decades. He rebelled in 1989 and as many as 500 soldiers were killed. He went on to win the presidency in an election three months later and held office until 1993.

Mr. Stroessner was sent into exile in Brazil, where he still lives at age 84.

Diosdado P. Macapagal,86, the president who introduced the Philippines' first tentative land reform law, died of a heart attack Monday in Manila. The country's fifth president, he was defeated in 1965 by Ferdinand Marcos, whose subsequent authoritarian rule lasted 20 years.

Pub Date: 4/23/97

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