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Fernando Lugo elected President of Paraguay

20 April 2008

Antonio Scuro

Fernando Lugo at his first press conference as President-elect on the evening of Sunday 20 April, accompanied by Vice-President elect, Federico Franco, and Socialist International Secretary General, Luis Ayala

Ending over 60 years of single party domination, Fernando Lugo, heading the Patriotic Alliance for Change, a coalition of democratic and progressive forces which includes SI members, was historically elected President of Paraguay on Sunday 20 April.

Lugo secured a convincing victory, with 41 per cent of the vote, obtaining a 10 point lead over the ruling Colorado party's candidate, Blanca Ovelar, the Paraguayan electoral commission announced.

Fernando Lugo will take office on 15 August.


SOCIALIST INTERNATIONAL met in Paraguay ahead of presidential elections

12-13 December 2007

Fernando Lugo, Alianza Patriótica para el Cambio

Tribunal Superior de Justicia Electoral