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    In Paraguay unofficial results of Sunday's general elections indicate that General Alfredo Stroessner has been re-elected to his sixth term as president.

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    In Paraguay unofficial results of Sunday's general elections indicate that General Alfredo Stroessner has been re-elected to his sixth term as president.

    SYNOPSIS: General Stroessner, who is 65, seized power in a bloodless coup and has ruled Paraguay since 1954. Before the elections his Colorado Party held two thirds of the seats in the National Congress.

    Despite oppressive heat huge crowds gathered at polling stations in the capital, Asuncion. Voting is obligatory in Paraguay for all people between the ages of 16 and 60. Bars and cafes closed under a government order banning the sale of alcohol during polling hours. Cinemas and theatres were shut and sporting events cancelled.

    Hours after the polling stations closed a radio announcement said that General Stroessner had been re-elected and the Colorado party had gained 85 per cent of votes cast. It was made by Dr Juan Ram?n, head of the colorado party. Official figures are not expected for a few days. But according to Reuters there is little doubt that General Stroessner, the son of German immigrants, will win by a wide margin.

    According to officials the elections were peaceful and orderly and no incidents were reported.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADDNBGF1VHS0S879HCUEQVEF5K
    Media URN:
    VLVADDNBGF1VHS0S879HCUEQVEF5K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/02/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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