Santiago Peña, the former finance minister and a candidate from the conservative Colorado party, has won the presidential election in Paraguay.
With almost all ballots counted, the national electoral authority announced on Sunday that the 44-year-old won 42.8% of the votes. Peña led his center-left rival, Efraín Alegre, by 15 points. Alegre represented the Concertacion coalition.
Partido Colorado, which has held power for 76 years, with the exception of a period from 2008 to 2013, has only lost one election in Paraguay.
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Mario Abdo Benítez, the outgoing incumbent, defeated Alegre five years ago. However, Benítez was not granted permission to seek a second term for constitutional reasons.
Paraguay, with a population of nearly seven million, is one of the only two South American countries without access to the sea. Its primary exports include beef, soy, and electricity.
Apart from the presidency, newly elected officials include the governors, the Chamber of Deputies, and the Senates. According to the electoral authority, the Colorado party has retained its majority in Parliament.
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