Zulma Gomez

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August 15, 2022

Zulma Ramona Gómez Cáceres[2] (January 9, 1961[2]-July 31, 2022) was a Paraguayan politician and physician.

Political career

She served as a senator for Paraguay from 2008 until her death. She was previously a deputy of Paraguay from 2003 to 2008. She was a member of the Authentic Radical Liberal Party (PLRA), although despite this she also declared herself a supporter of Horacio Cartes, former president of Paraguay of the Colorado Party.[3] Gómez was involved in several controversies and, on several occasions, resorted to vulgar language to defend herself.[4] At the time, she came to support the re-election plan of Horacio Cartes (which resulted in the political crisis in Paraguay in 2017) and defended the Colorado senator Óscar González Daher, after the leak of audios that revealed that he was influence peddling, which earned him several requests for suspension in the PLRA. Gómez also admitted having applied for positions in Itaipú Binacional and exercising influence peddling "to help people".[4]

Death

Gómez was found lifeless on the morning of July 31, 2022 on the shores of Lake Acaray in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay.[4][5] Information provided by her relatives indicated that the night before, Gómez had carried out a political meeting with young people at a farm he owned, after which he had slept on a mattress on a dock at the lakeside farm.[4][5] A granddaughter twice asked her to come inside the house, but she refused both times, saying that she needed to "reflect", and when she went a third time, she was no longer found.[6] A coroner who examined the body stated that the cause of death was suffocation. by drowning, and that the corpse presented injuries compatible with an apparent accidental fall, but that they would also perform a toxicological analysis.[4][5]​ News of Gómez's death received international coverage.[7][8][9] Paraguay's Congress declared three days of mourning for her death.[10]

References

External Links

Legislative profile of Zulma Gómez in the Legislative Information System of Paraguay (SILpy)