Security & Strategic Review - June 2023

PARAGUAY: Tough times for democracy

Paraguay’s presidential elections on 30 April delivered a resounding victory for the ruling Asociación Nacional Republicana-Partido Colorado (ANR-PC), with its candidate Santiago Peña collecting 42.7% of the vote, 15 points more than his closest challenger Efraín Alegre. Paraguay may look like it has steered clear of the anti-incumbency bias that has been dominating Latin American elections, but this clear result conceals a contested election and complex political landscape in which democracy – and faith in this system of governance – is not at its best.

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