Paraguay. In the municipal elections held November 7, the
old power party Colorado Party, which for the first time in
61 years was an opposition party, succeeded very well. Of
the country's 238 municipalities, the party won in 139, and
in addition, they won in 14 of the 17 provincial capitals.
Paraguay has a population of 6.956 million (2018). The success was attributed to the wealthy businessman Horacio Cartes, who reportedly made financial contributions
that covered up to half of the party's campaign spending.
An armed left group, EjÚrcito del Pueblo Paraguayo (EPP),
has stepped up its activities, and in April and May the
state of emergency was declared in the country's five
northernmost provinces to intensify the hunt for the group's
leaders. However, the offensive only led to the seizure of
four tons of marijuana and 100 people arrested, but none of
them were actually being searched. President Fernando Lugo
received congressional support to maintain a strong military
presence in northern Paraguay.