1989 Paraguayan general election

Early general elections were held in Paraguay on 1 May 1989 to elect the president and Chamber of Deputies.[1] They were the first held since longtime president Alfredo Stroessner was toppled in a military coup on 3 February, seven months after being sworn in for an eighth term. For the first time in several years, the opposition was allowed to contest the elections more or less unmolested; the Communists were the only party that was banned from taking part.[2][3]

1989 Paraguayan general election

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Presidential election
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Candidate Andrés Rodríguez Domingo Laíno
Party Colorado PLRA
Popular vote 882,957 241,829
Percentage 76.59% 20.98%

President before election

Andrés Rodríguez


Andrés Rodríguez

Parliamentary election

72 seats in the Chamber of Deputies
37 seats needed for a majority
Party Leader % Seats +/–
Colorado Andrés Rodríguez 74.47 48 +8
PLRA Domingo Laíno 20.19 21 New
PRF Fernando Sánchez 2.10 2 New
Radical Liberal 1.32 1 -12
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.

Andrés Rodríguez, who had led the coup and had been serving as provisional president since then, was elected president in his own right[3][2] running on the Colorado Party ticket. The Colorado Party also won 48 of the 72 seats in the Chamber of Deputies. Voter turnout was 52%.

The legislative elections were called after Rodríguez dissolved the previous Congress in February, citing a provision of the constitution that allowed the president to do so if they felt Congress had acted in a manner that distorted the separation of powers. Rodríguez used the new elections as a tool to purge pro-Stroessner "militants" from the Colorado caucus. The presidential elections were held because the constitution required new elections if a president died, resigned, or was permanently disabled less than two years into their term. That same provision stipulated that the winner would not serve a full five-year term, but only the remainder of the previous president's term.[3] In this case, Rodríguez won the right to serve the remainder of Stroessner's term, which was due to end in 1993.



Andrés RodríguezColorado Party882,95776.59
Domingo LaínoAuthentic Radical Liberal Party241,82920.98
Fernando Antonio Vera SánchezRevolutionary Febrerista Party11,0070.95
Secundino Núñez MedinaChristian Democratic Party8,0320.70
Carlos Ferreira IbarraLiberal Party4,4230.38
Blas Manuel MangabeiraUnified Radical Liberal Party3,5450.31
Carlos Gustavo Callizo PariniParaguayan Humanist Party1,0580.09
Valid votes1,152,85199.04
Invalid/blank votes11,1970.96
Total votes1,164,048100.00
Registered voters/turnout2,226,06152.29
Source: Justicia Electoral

Chamber of DeputiesEdit

Colorado Party845,82074.4748+8
Authentic Radical Liberal Party229,32920.1921New
Revolutionary Febrerista Party23,8152.102New
Radical Liberal Party15,0831.331–12
Christian Democratic Party11,6741.030New
Liberal Party5,5440.490–7
Unified Radical Liberal Party3,4760.310New
Paraguayan Humanist Party1,0690.090New
Valid votes1,135,81098.10
Invalid/blank votes21,9711.90
Total votes1,157,781100.00
Registered voters/turnout2,226,06152.01
Source: Nohlen


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume II, p425 ISBN 978-0-19-928358-3
  2. ^ a b Nohlen, p416
  3. ^ a b c History Library of Congress Country Studies