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“If they buy two dozen, I’ll sing them a song in Guarani,” Ambassador James Cason told the Associated Press.

Mr. Cason, 63, learned the difficult language of the indigenous Guarani people and recorded an album in the language that sold 2,000 copies. After enduring ridicule from a left-wing member of the Paraguayan legislature who complained about his singing voice, Mr. Cason received strong support from many ordinary Paraguayan people. His CD — titled “Campo Jurado,” or “Field of Promises” — was widely played on local radio stations.

Mr. Cason was replaced by Ambassador Liliana Ayalde, who presented her credentials Monday to President Duarte Frutos.

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