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A Guide to 2018 Latin American Elections: Paraguay



Paraguay held general elections on April 22, 2018 to elect a president, vice president, 45 senators, 80 deputies, and 17 governors, all to five-year terms. With 46 percent of ballots cast, the ruling Colorado Party’s Mario Abdo Benítez won the presidency in the single-round vote over Efraín Alegre of the left-leaning Ganar Alliance, who received 43 percent of ballots. The Colorado party has ruled the country since 1947, with the exception of impeached President Fernando Lugo’s four years in power from 2008 to 2012. The party also won 13 of 17 governorships and is expected to have the most seats in the legislature.

>> Find out about other elections in our main 2018 Election Guide.

Mario Abdo Benitez wins Paraguayan presidency. (AP)

Update: Paraguayans Elect Mario Abdo Benítez President

April 23, 2018

The former senator from the ruling Colorado Party is expected to maintain the current president’s business-friendly policies with reforms to security, education, and health.

Paraguayan presidential candidates Efrain Alegre and Mario Abdo Benitez

Explainer: Paraguay's 2018 Elections

April 17, 2018

The governing party presidential candidate leads polls ahead of the April 22 election. Young voters could play a big role—if they show up.

Five Takeaways from Paraguay’s Presidential Election

April 23, 2018

The ruling party held the presidency, but a close race and poor turnout suggest challenges ahead.

2018 Latin American elections flags

A Timeline of 2017 and 2018 Elections in Latin America

November 16, 2017

Latin Americans will vote for nine new presidents in two years, along with more than 2,900 legislators.

A New Generation Is Changing Paraguayan Politics

December 18, 2017

While less dramatic than in the rest of Latin America, there is a transformation in Paraguay led by those born in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Voter turnout in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay, and Venezuela since 2000

Chart: A Deep Dive into Voter Turnout in Latin America

June 19, 2018

More people will vote in Brazil in 2018 than in all other Latin American countries combined.