Agence France-PresseApril 22, 2013 03:46
Colorado Party millionaire and political neophyte Horacio Cartes won Paraguay's presidential race, officials said Sunday, paving the way for his nation to rejoin the Mercosur trade bloc.
Cartes, a conservative tobacco baron, took 46 percent of the vote against 37 percent for his nearest rival, Efrain Alegre of the ruling Liberal Party, Paraguay's top election official said. Alegre quickly conceded defeat.
With the national flag wrapped around his neck, the 56 year-old president-elect said in his victory speech that he would lead Paraguay in "a new direction."