His victory strengthens the power of former President Horacio Cartes (2013-18), who bankrolls Honor Colorado, over the Colorado Party, which has dominated Paraguayan politics since 1946. However, the party internal elections were a major defeat for President Mario Abdo Benitez, who also lost the election for party president to Cartes.
- Cartes’s increased party dominance will strengthen international corruption concerns.
- Deep opposition divisions appear set to deliver another victory to the Colorado candidate.
- Unlike the divided opposition, Colorado factions will come together to ensure their continuity in power.