Paraguay's General Alfredo Stroessner was re-elected to his sixth term as President in the country's general election on Sunday (12 February).
Paraguay's General Alfredo Stroessner was re-elected to his sixth term as President in the country's general election on Sunday (12 February). General Stroessner and his ruling Colodaro party won 85 percent of the votes cast, and, afterwards, he met with senior party officials to celebrate their triumph.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Juan Ramon Chaves, the Colorado Party leader, and Interior Minister Dr. Savino Augusto Montanaro met soon after the results were known. According to provisional figures, their Nationalistic Colorado Party polled 85 percent of the votes in all the electoral districts, and seemed poised to increase their parliamentary majority.
Although the official result would not be known for some days, party supporters saw no reason to hold back the jubilation when they gathered at the party's headquarters in Asuncion to celebrate the victory.
Dr. Chaves said General Stroessner had triumphed because he knew how to handle the Paraguayan people. Dr. Chaves predicted that Paraguayans' living standards would rise in the next five years-the length of the new term of office.
Later General Stroessner-who has ruled Paraguay since a bloodless coup 23 years ago-addressed his supporters. Reuters reported him as saying peace and order reigned in Paraguay, and great progress was being made. He also said that people lived democratically in Paraguay; the will of one man was not imposed. Only two opposition parties, the Liberals and the Liberal Radicals, contested the election, and each obtained six percent of the votes cast. All citizens between 16 and 60 were compelled to vote. Bars, cafes, cinemas and theatres were closed throughout poling hours, ensuring a large electoral turn-out.