Paraguayan Interior Minister Francisco José de Vargas was fired on 29 October 2016 during a surprise announcement in President Horacio Cartes's speech at a convention for his political party Asociación Nacional Republicana (ANR). De Vargas found out about his firing while listening to the radio, and was caught off guard by the news. A potential reason for the firing was that De Vargas was not an ANR party member, and had refused to join the party (ABC Color). Additionally, De Vargas faced mounting criticism for his poor management of the increasing levels of insecurity caused by attacks from the Paraguayan People's Army (EPP). Cartes's political advisor Darío Filártiga has been rumored to be the likeliest person to replace De Vargas, due to his background in security (Última Hora).