Opposition leaders have threatened to boycott scheduled May 1 elections if the new military government does not postpone the balloting to give them time to organize.

Early elections "do not allow the serious participation of our parties on the basis of equality of opportunities without any discrimination," said an opposition petition filed with the government Monday.The petition also calls for creation of an independent panel to reform electoral law.

Gen. Andres Rodriguez called the election shortly after he ousted Gen. Alfredo Stroessner in a bloody Feb. 3 coup, ending nearly 35 years of authoritarian rule. Rodriguez is the presidential candidate of the ruling Colorado Party, which has ruled Paraguay since 1947.