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.
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.
The governing party presidential candidate leads polls ahead of the April 22 election. Young voters could play a big role—if they show up.
The ruling party held the presidency, but a close race and poor turnout suggest challenges ahead.
Latin Americans will vote for nine new presidents in two years, along with more than 2,900 legislators.
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.