Paraguay: Political structure

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Institution
Economist Intelligence Unit
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Topic
Politics, Summary, Political structure
Political Geography
Paraguay

Official name

Republic of Paraguay

Form of government

Presidential

The executive

The president, the highest executive power, is directly elected for a five-year term and appoints a Council of Ministers

Head of state

Mario Abdo Benítez took office in August 2018 for a five-year term

National legislature

Bicameral Congress, comprising a 45-member Senate (the upper house) and 80-member Chamber of Deputies (the lower house)

Legal system

Series of courts of first instance, with the Supreme Court at the apex

National elections

The last elections (presidential and congressional, plus departmental governors and councillors) took place on April 22nd 2018; next elections due in 2023

National government

The government is led by the Partido Colorado (PC)

Main political organisations

Partido Colorado (PC); Partido Liberal Radical Auténtico (PLRA); Frente Guasú (FG); Partido Democrático Progresista (PDP); Avanza País (AP); Partido Patria Querida (PPQ); Partido Unión Nacional de Ciudadanos Éticos (UNACE); Partido Encuentro Nacional (PEN)

Key ministers

President: Mario Abdo Benítez

Vice-president: HugoVelázquez

Agriculture & livestock: Moisés Santiago Bertoni

Defence: Bernardino Soto Estigarribia

Education & culture: Eduardo Petta San Martín

Finance: Óscar Llamosas

Foreign affairs: Euclides Acevedo

Industry & trade: Liz Cramer

Interior: Arnaldo Giuzzio

Justice: Sandra Quiñónez

Labour & social security: Carla Bacigalupo Planas

Public health: Julio Daniel Mazzoleni Insfrán

Public works: Arnoldo Wiens Durksen

Women: Nilda Romero Santacruz

Central bank president

José Cantero Sienra

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