Paraguayan general election, 1988

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General elections were held in Paraguay on 14 February 1988.[1] Alfredo Stroessner of the Colorado Party won the presidential elections, whilst the Colorado Party won 20 of the 30 seats in the Senate and 40 of the 60 seats in the Chamber of Deputues. Voter turnout was 92.2%.[2]

These were the first elections held since Stroessner nominally lifted a state of siege in 1987. The state of siege had been in force since he took office in 1954. Despite this, opposition leaders were arbitrarily arrested, and opposition meetings and demonstrations were broken up--often brutally. By election day, the only independent media outlets that hadn't been shut down were those operated by the Catholic Church.[3]

As it turned out, these were the last elections under Stroessner, who had won every election since 1954 with more than 70% of the vote, as he was overthrown in a coup in February 1989.[4] Fresh elections were held in May 1989, the first time the opposition had been able to contest elections more or less unmolested for several years.[4]



Candidate Party Votes %
Alfredo Stroessner Colorado Party 1,187,738 89.6
Luis María Vega Radical Liberal Party 95,450 7.2
Carlos Ferreira Ybarra Liberal Party 42,430 3.2
Invalid/blank votes 7,818
Total 1,333,436 100
Source: Nohlen


Party Votes % Seats +/-
Colorado Party 20 0
Radical Liberal Party 6 0
Liberal Party 4 0
Invalid/blank votes
Total 30 0
Source: IPU

Chamber of Deputies[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/-
Colorado Party 1,187,738 89.6 40 0
Radical Liberal Party 95,450 7.2 13 0
Liberal Party 42,430 3.2 7 0
Invalid/blank votes 7,818
Total 1,333,436 100 60 0
Source: Nohlen, IPU


  1. ^ Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume II, p425 ISBN 978-0-19-928358-3
  2. ^ Nohlen, p426
  3. ^ Bruneau, Thomas C.. "Government and Politics". Paraguay: A country study (Dannin M. Hanratty and Sandra W. Meditz, eds.). Library of Congress Federal Research Division (December 1988).  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ a b Nohlen, p416