In Paraguay unofficial results of Sunday's general elections indicate that General Alfredo Stroessner has been re-elected to his sixth term as president.
GV: building TILT DOWN TO election poster of present president on wall. (Alfredo Stroessner)
GV: people at polling stations (2 shots)
GV: people entering polling stations and having documents checked (2 shots)
CU: vote being placed in ballot box.
According to Reuters General Stroessner sees himself as the saviour of Paraguay, a predominantly poor landlocked agricultural country, which has a population of just over two and half million. Political observers consider he has achieved considerable popular support through economic reforms which have strengthened the economy. Latest figures show that foreign reserves stand at a record 400 million dollars. Reuters add General stroessner, an avowed anti-communist has achieved this at the expense of civil liberties and the maintenance of a state of siege throughout his 23 year rule.
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Background: In Paraguay unofficial results of Sunday's general elections indicate that General Alfredo Stroessner has been re-elected to his sixth term as president.
SYNOPSIS: General Stroessner, who is 65, seized power in a bloodless coup and has ruled Paraguay since 1954. Before the elections his Colorado Party held two thirds of the seats in the National Congress.
Despite oppressive heat huge crowds gathered at polling stations in the capital, Asuncion. Voting is obligatory in Paraguay for all people between the ages of 16 and 60. Bars and cafes closed under a government order banning the sale of alcohol during polling hours. Cinemas and theatres were shut and sporting events cancelled.
Hours after the polling stations closed a radio announcement said that General Stroessner had been re-elected and the Colorado party had gained 85 per cent of votes cast. It was made by Dr Juan Ram?n, head of the colorado party. Official figures are not expected for a few days. But according to Reuters there is little doubt that General Stroessner, the son of German immigrants, will win by a wide margin.
According to officials the elections were peaceful and orderly and no incidents were reported.