Paraguay’s New Pro-Business President Cements Latin America’s Shift to the Right

Paraguay’s president-elect, Mario Abdo Benitez, addresses supporters during victory celebrations at the headquarters of the Colorado Party, April 22, 2018 (AP photo by Jorge Saenz).
Paraguay’s president-elect, Mario Abdo Benitez, addresses supporters during victory celebrations at the headquarters of the Colorado Party, April 22, 2018 (AP photo by Jorge Saenz).

On Sunday, Paraguayans picked a new president and vice president, along with every member in their country’s Congress. There was a lot at stake, starting with the credibility of the voting itself. Paraguay was mired in political turmoil last year after Congress considered expanding presidential term limits—a move that worried many people who had lived through Alfredo Stroessner’s 35-year dictatorship, which came to an end in a military coup in 1989. So the smooth electoral process on April 22, overseen by the Organization of American States and the European Union, should serve as reassurance, both to Paraguayans and to a […]

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