Colorado Party Returns to Power in Paraguay

The winning candidate, Horacio Cartes.

HAVANA TIMES — Preliminary Results for Sunday’s presidential elections in Paraguay report as the clear winner Horacio Cartes of the Colorado Party.

In his first attempt to win office, Cartes managed a margin of over 500,000 votes above his closest rival, according to the initial results.

At press time vote counting was still underway for the legislature and governorships.

At the end of the day, Cartes had 45.91% to 36.84% for Liberal Party candidate, Efrain Alegre.

In third place was Mario Ferreiro with 5.5% of the vote.

The Colorado Party ruled Paraguay for 61 years, including the 35 years of the dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner. The party returns to power after losing to Fernando Lugo in 2008. (RADIOVIVA / PULSAR)