The president of Paraguay (Spanish: presidente del Paraguay), officially known as the president of the Republic of Paraguay (Spanish: presidente de la República del Paraguay), is according to the Constitution of Paraguay the head of the executive branch of the government of Paraguay, both head of state and head of government. His honorific title is Su Excelencia. Under the 1992 constitution, the president is limited to a single five-year term. An attempt by the Senate to abolish term limits on 1 April 2017 resulted in protests;[3][4][5] it was ultimately rejected.[6]

President of the
Republic of Paraguay
Presidente de la República del Paraguay
Standard of the president
Santiago Peña
since 15 August 2023
StyleMr. President
Most Excellent Mr. President of the Republic
Su Excelencia[1]
(alternative formal, diplomatic)
StatusHead of state
Head of government
ResidenceMburuvicha Róga
SeatPalacio de los López, Asunción
AppointerDirect popular election
Term lengthFive years,
Formation13 March 1844
First holderCarlos Antonio López
DeputyVice President of Paraguay
Salary61,054,085 Paraguayan guarani/8,587 USD per month[2]

The incumbent president of Paraguay is Santiago Peña, who took office on 15 August 2023. The presidential seat is the Palacio de los López, in Asunción. The presidential residence is the Mburuvichá Roga, also in Asunción. Once presidents leave office, they are granted by the Constitution of Paraguay the speaking-but-non-voting position of senator for life.[7]

List of presidents edit

Latest election edit

CandidateRunning matePartyVotes%
Santiago PeñaPedro AllianaColorado Party1,291,20943.93
Efraín AlegreSoledad NúñezNational Coalition for a New Paraguay830,30228.25
Paraguayo CubasStilber ValdezNational Crusade Party692,42923.56
Euclides Acevedo [es]Jorge QuereyNew Republic Movement41,1641.40
José Luis ChilavertSofia ScheidParty of the Youth24,2590.83
Luis Talavera AlegreCelso ÁlvarezUnámonos National Party17,3280.59
Jorge Humberto GómezNoelia NúñezNational Union of Ethical Citizens12,0660.41
Juan Félix RomeroCatalina RamírezHumanist and Solidarity Movement5,8690.20
Rosa María BogarínHerminio LesmeHerederos Democratic Socialist Party5,2660.18
Prudencio BurgosLeona GuaraníNational Party of the People 30A5,2580.18
Alfredo Luis MachucaJustina NogueraCitizen Patriotic Coordinator Movement5,2040.18
Óscar Mauricio CañeteLuis Wilfrido ArceGreen Party Paraguay4,8470.16
Aurelio MartínezDavid SánchezÚnete Paraguay3,8660.13
Valid votes2,939,06797.29
Invalid votes13,6940.45
Blank votes68,2882.26
Total votes3,021,049100.00
Registered voters/turnout4,773,42763.29
Source: TSJE

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References edit

  1. ^ Following standard protocols based on the Spanish Empire tradition: the style His Excellency is given to individuals that became chiefs of state. It is generally a lifetime style for the individual. In Paraguay, former presidents (unless removed by impeachment) are given the honorific title of Senador Vitalicio and retain the style of Excellency. The style The Most Excellent (Excelentísimo Señor/a), following Spanish tradition, is given to high ranking officials that are not chiefs of state. For example, the president of the Paraguayan Congress is Excelentísimo Señor/a. The style Excelentísimo Señor/a is ex officio (unless the individual who holds it forms part of the nobility).
  2. ^ "Shocking Gap Between Latin America's Presidential Salaries And Workers Minimum Wage". Latin Post.
  3. ^ "Paraguay congress set on fire as election protests turn deadly". BBC News. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  4. ^ Romero, Simon (31 March 2017). "Protests Erupt in Paraguay Over Efforts to Extend President's Term". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Paraguay rioters storm Congress after Senate amends constitution". USA Today. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Paraguay MPs reject amendment allowing president re-election". BBC News. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  7. ^ Constitution of the Republic of Paraguay, 1992, Article 189 (subsection 1): "(1) Former presidents of the Republic who were democratically elected will be national senators for life, except for those who were impeached from office.
    (2) They will not count toward a quorum. They will have the right to speak, but not to vote."

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