April 22, 2018 Held


Republic of Paraguay

Election for Paraguayan Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:2,597,989
Valid Votes:2,463,441
Invalid Votes:134,548

Vote Share by Candidate:

Mario ABDO Benítez1,206,067


Efraín ALEGRE1,110,464


Juan Batista YBAÑEZ84,045


Jaro Ilicineo ANZOATEGUI Mariño15,490


Atanasio GALEANO9,908


Ramon Ernesto BENÍTEZ Amarilla9,361


Pedro ALMADA Galeano8,590


Efrain ENRIQUEZ Gamon7,291


Celino FERREIRA Sanabria6,295


Juan German ORTEGA Maqueda5,930

Election Results Modified: Jun 15, 2018

General Information

Paraguay: President, 22 April 2018

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Paraguay

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Horacio CARTES *
  • Head of Government: President Horacio CARTES **
  • Assembly: Paraguay has a bicameral Congress (Congreso) consisting of the Chamber of Senators (Camara de Senadores) with 45 seats and the Chamber of Deputies (Camara de Diputados) with 80 seats.

* The president is both the chief of state and head of government.

** President-Elect Mario ABDO Benítez will be inaugurated in .

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the Chamber of Senators (Camara de Senadores) 45 members are elected by popular vote to serve 5-year terms. In the Chamber of Deputies (Camara de Diputados) 80 members are elected by popular vote to serve 5-year terms.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Mario ABDO Benítez
  • Efraín ALEGRE
    • Coalition: Grand National Renovating Alliance / Alianza Ganar (GANAR)
  • Pedro ALMADA Galeano
    • Party: Broad Front / Partido Frente Amplio
  • Justo German ORTEGA Maqueda
    • Party: Democratic Socialist Heirs / Partido Socialista Democratico Herederos
  • Ramon Ernesto BENÍTEZ Amarilla
    • Party: Patriotic Reserve Movement / Movimiento Reserva Patriotica
  • Juan Buatista YBAÑEZ
    • Party: Green Paraguay / Partido Verde Paraguay
  • Atanasio GALEANO
    • Party: Popular Patriotic Movement Party / Partido del Movimiento Patriotico Popular
  • Jaro Ilicineo ANZOATEGUI Mariño
    • National Artists Movement of Paraguay / Movimiento Nacional Artistas del Paraguay
  • Celino FERREIRA Sanabria 
    • Party: National Movement Unamonos / Movimiento Civico Nacional Unamonos
  • Efrain ENRIQUEZ Gamon
    • ​Party: National Sovereignty Movement / Movimiento Soberania Nacional

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 6,465,669 (2013)
  • Registered Voters: 4,241,507 (2018)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 3,184,123 (2013)

·         Is Paraguay a signatory to CEDAW: No

·         Has Paraguay ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (12 January 1995)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 14 (Chamber of Deputies); 9 (Senate) following the 2008 elections

·         Human Development Index Position: 112

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Low

Disability Data:

·         Is Paraguay a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Paraguay ratified CRPD: Yes (3 September 2008)

·         Population with a disability: 969,850 (est.)

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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