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Paraguay

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Chamber of Deputies

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenate

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
22.04.2018
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
30.04.2023
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
80
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
1,729
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
1,146
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
583
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
33.72%
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
42

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
4,241,507
Votes Number of people who actually voted
2,582,360
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
60.88%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The National Republican Association – Colorado Party (ANR) retained its majority in the Chamber of Deputies and remained the largest party in the Senate. Its presidential candidate, former senator Mario Abdo, defeated Mr. Efrain Alegre of the Authentic Radical Liberal Party (PLRA, which led the GANAR coalition in 2018). On 15 August, Mr. Abdo was sworn in as the new President along with his deputy, Mr. Hugo Velazquez, former Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies. During the election campaign, the major parties focused on anti-corruption measures, tax policies and the economy. The ANR promised to continue current low-tax policies aimed at stimulating foreign investment. The 2018 elections were the first to be held after attempted constitutional amendments in 2017. After the Senate passed amendments that would have allowed President Horacio Cartes (ANR, see note) to seek re-election in 2018, protesters stormed and set fire to the Congress. Paraguay's Constitution has prohibited second terms since it was passed in 1992, and after the 35-year dictatorship of Mr. Alfredo Stroessner fell in 1989. In April, President Cartes said he would not seek re-election in order to preserve stability in the country. The Chamber of Deputies subsequently rejected the constitutional amendments passed by the Senate. Note: Under the Constitution, former presidents become life senators who do not have voting rights. Mr. Cartes, who was constitutionally barred from seeking a new presidential term, was elected to the Senate as a full-fledged senator. Opposition senators argued that the former President should have become a life senator. Due to incompatibilities of the posts, Mr. Cartes offered to resign as President to take up a senatorial post, the mandate of which starts on 1 July. However, his resignation was rejected by the Senate on 30 May as the chamber was inquorate. On 26 June, he withdrew his resignation as President, which consequently barred him from taking up a senatorial post.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
6
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
14.29%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
52.5%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
1
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
National Republican Association/Colorado Party (ANR)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
National Republican Association/Colorado Party (ANR) 42
Authentic Radical Liberal Party (PLRA) 30
Beloved Fatherland Movement ("Patria Querida", PPQ) 3
National Encounter Party (PEN) 2
Let's do (Hagamos) 2
National Crusade Movement (CN) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
68
Number of women elected
12
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
15%
Sources
PU Group (31.05.2018) Tribunal Superior de Justicia Electoral International Foundation for Electoral Systems Reuters The New York Times ABC
Women Directly Elected
12

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
68
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
12
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
01.07.2018
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Miguel Cuevas (Male)
Political party
National Republican Association/Colorado Party (ANR)
Date of election
01.07.2018