1998 Paraguayan general election

General elections were held in Paraguay on 10 May 1998.[1] Incumbent Juan Carlos Wasmosy could not run again, as the constitution limits the president to a single five-year term with no possibility of re-election.

1998 Paraguayan general election

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Presidential election
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Candidate Raúl Cubas Grau Domingo Laíno
Party Colorado DA
Popular vote 887,196 703,379
Percentage 55.35% 43.88%

Resultados de las elecciones presidenciales de Paraguay de 1998.svg

President before election

Juan Carlos Wasmosy


Raúl Cubas Grau

Parliamentary election

80 seats in the Chamber of Deputies
45 seats in the Senate
Party Leader % Seats +/–
Chamber of Deputies (41 seats for a majority)
Colorado Raúl Cubas Grau 53.78 45 +7
AD (PLRAPEN) Domingo Laíno 42.77 35 -7
Senate (23 seats needed for a majority)
Colorado 51.74 24 +4
AD (PLRAPEN) 42.10 20 -5
PB 2.3 1 New
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.

The presidential elections were won by Raúl Cubas Grau of the Colorado Party, who received 55.3% of the vote. In the Congressional elections, the Colorado Party won 45 of the 80 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and 24 of the 45 seats in the Senate, defeating the Democratic Alliance formed by the Authentic Radical Liberal Party and the National Encounter Party. Voter turnout was 80.5%.[2]

To date, this is the only time since the restoration of democracy in Paraguay that a presidential candidate has been elected with a majority.



Raúl Cubas GrauColorado Party887,19655.35
Domingo LaínoDemocratic Alliance (PLRAPEN)703,37943.88
Luis Alberto Campos DoriaRevolutionary Febrerista Party8,1390.51
Gustavo Bader IbáñezNational Christian Union4,1920.26
Valid votes1,602,90697.10
Invalid/blank votes47,8192.90
Total votes1,650,725100.00
Registered voters/turnout2,049,44980.54
Source: Justicia Electoral


Colorado Party813,28751.7424+4
Democratic Alliance (PLRAPEN)661,76442.1020–5
National Christian Union36,4242.321New
National Renewal Movement23,8441.520New
Christian Democratic Party19,8911.270New
Revolutionary Febrerista Party16,6671.060New
Valid votes1,571,87795.33
Invalid/blank votes77,0034.67
Total votes1,648,880100.00
Registered voters/turnout2,049,44980.45
Source: Nohle

Chamber of DeputiesEdit

Colorado Party857,47353.7845+7
Democratic Alliance (PLRAPEN)681,91742.7735–7
Revolutionary Febrerista Party20,1211.260New
National Renewal Movement16,8631.060New
Christian Democratic Party9,2490.580New
National Christian Union8,7910.550New
Valid votes1,594,41496.67
Invalid/blank votes55,0053.33
Total votes1,649,419100.00
Registered voters/turnout2,049,44980.48
Source: Nohlen


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume II, p425 ISBN 978-0-19-928358-3
  2. ^ Nohlen, p426