President of Paraguay

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.

President of the
Republic of Paraguay
Presidente de la República del Paraguay
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Mario Abdo Benítez

since August 15, 2018
StyleExcellency or Su Excelencia[1]
ResidenceMburuvicha Róga
SeatPalacio de los López
AppointerDirect popular election
Term lengthFive years, non-renewable
Inaugural holderCarlos Antonio López
FormationMarch 13, 1844
DeputyVice President of Paraguay
Salary8,587 USD per month[2]

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]

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]

The current president of Paraguay is Mario Abdo Benítez, since 15 August 2018.

List of presidentsEdit

Latest electionEdit


Candidate Party/Alliance Votes %
Mario Abdo Benítez Colorado Party 1,206,067 48.96
Efraín Alegre GANAR 1,110,464 45.08
Juan Bautista Ybáñez Paraguay Green Party 84,045 3.41
Jaro Anzoátegui National Artists' Movement 15,490 0.63
Atanasio Galeano Popular Patriotic Movement Party 9,908 0.40
Ramón Ernesto Benítez Patriotic Reserve Movement 9,361 0.38
Pedro Almada Broad Front [es] 8,590 0.35
Efraín Enríquez National Sovereign Movement 7,291 0.30
Celino Ferreira Movimiento Civico Nacional Unamonos 6,295 0.26
Justo Germán Ortega Heirs Democratic Socialist Party 5,930 0.24
Invalid/blank votes 134,548
Total 2,597,989 100
Registered voters/turnout 4,241,507 61.25
Source: TSJE

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Following standard protocols based on the Spanish Empire tradition: the style His Excellency is given to individuals that became Chiefs of State. Its 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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