Paraguayans have clashed with police outside the Congress building in Asuncion, shortly after it was announced that the Senate had voted to remove President Fernando Lugo from office.
The lower house of the Paraguayan Congress impeached Lugo on Thursday, and the Senate opened the trial on Friday and quickly reached a guilty verdict, ousting Lugo.
Lugo was accused of mishandling an armed clash over a land dispute in which seven police officers and ten landless farmers were killed on June 15.
Paraguayan leftist President Fernando Lugo has said he would not resign after the opposition-controlled lower house of Congress voted for his impeachment over last week’s land clashes with farmers.
"This president announces that he is not going to present his resignation and that he will fully respect the constitution and the law to face the impeachment trial and its full consequences," he said in a televised speech right after the vote.
However, he also said that "this is an 'express' coup because (lawmakers) have done this in the wee hours of the night. They have gotten together, and we believe this is even unconstitutional because it doesn't respect due process.”
After the lower house overwhelmingly approved the move, the Senate, which is also controlled by the opposition, followed the suit, announcing the impeachment hearing will begin on Friday.
Seven police officers and nine landless farmers died in a clash on last Friday, when police attempted to forcibly remove peasants from the farm, which is owned by a Colorado Party politician opposed to President Lugo.
Right after the incident Lugo replaced his interior minister and national police chief. He also said on Wednesday that he would set up a committee to investigate the deadly clashes.
Lugo, who took power on pledges to champion the poor, accused his rivals of planning to "rob the people of their supreme decision" when they elected him in 2008 to put an end to six decades of ruling by the right-wing Colorado Party.
Under Paraguay’s constitution, if Lugo is booted from presidency, his vice president Federico Franco will replace him. Franco is the leader of Authentic Radical Liberal Party that formed a coalition with Lugo after the elections.
The next presidential election will be in April 2013. Lugo, who was under cancer treatment, earlier said that he would not seek another term.