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12 May 2014
“They’re damaging the wood structure, the floors and the wooden covers, which support some parts of the palace,” architect Gustavo Glavinich said.
He said much of the iconic building’s west wing had been damaged.
“In 2012, we invested $5m (£3m) to save those parts of the palace which house the presidential office, the military cabinet, and the ceremonial room,” Mr Glavinich of the Public Works Ministry said.
But he warned that a lack of follow-up investment meant that other parts of the Palacio de Lopez been left to deteriorate.
The architect suggested taking immediate measure to tackle the termite infestation and to temporarily move the offices from the west wing to an annex.
The palace in the capital, Asuncion, is the seat of the Paraguayan government and home to the office of President Horacio Cartes.
Building work began in the 1850s under the direction of English architect Alonso Taylor, but the palace was not finished until 1892.
If the termites will manage to oust Horacio Cartes from the presidential palace, it would be the world’s first coup d’état by insects.
Horacio Cartes himself is in that palace due to a coup d’état by (oligarchic Right wing) humans. Elected President Lugo, accused of being too much on the side of poor people, was driven out by a coup d’etat, sharply condemned by elected governments in Latin America. Horacio Cartes is a member of the Colorado party, which used to be the party of infamous dictator Stroessner. Horacio Cartes has been accused of crimes several times, and spent time in jail.
Researchers have shown that the bacterial communities in termite guts came about through both inheritance and transfer between colonies: here.