The United States Ambassador to Paraguay, Mark Ostfeld, welcomed the people of Paraguay on Citizenship Day and the elected president, Santiago Peña, after declaring a resounding victory for the Colorado party during Sunday’s general election.
Diplomat Marc Ostfeld spoke as soon as preliminary election results indicated a landslide victory for Santiago Peña over Concertación candidate, Efraín Alegre.
“We congratulate the people of Paraguay on another participatory civic day and President-elect Santiago Peña. We will continue to work together to strengthen our excellent bilateral relations and promote transparency and inclusive democracy,” Mark Ostfeld wrote on social networks.
Prior to the general elections, the US ambassador to Paraguay assured that relations between Paraguay and the United States would continue their course, regardless of who was elected.
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The Colorado Party scored a resounding victory during the election, which was preceded by a major corruption announcement for its president, Horacio Cartes, who was also hit with financial penalties.
The candidate of the National Assembly of the Republic (ANR), Santiago Peña, 45, won this Sunday the general election of the National Party, Efraín Alegre, and will become the next president of the republic on August 15, while his duo Pedro Aliana will take over as vice president.
With 98% of the vote, the difference between Santiago Peña and the Concertación candidate, Efraín Alegre, was more than 454,000 votes.
Turnout during election day this Sunday was more than 63%, with more than 2.9 million voters.