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Paraguay: Mario Abdo Benitez wins presidential poll

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    Asuncion, Apr 23: Mario Abdo Benitez, who represents Paraguay's long-dominant Colorado conservatives, won yesterday's presidential poll, landing the top job in one of Latin America's poorest countries, election officials said.

    The US-educated son of a senior aide to the country's late dictator, Abdo Benitez won 46.49 per cent of the vote, with his centrist opponent Efrain Alegre taking 42.72 per cent in a race that was far closer than expected.

    Mario Abdo Benitez

    "The president of the republic is Mario Abdo Benitez," said election chief Jaime Bestard, declaring him winner after 96 per cent of the votes were counted.

    Polls had given the 46-year-old a lead of up to 20 percentage points over Alegre, a 55-year-old former public works minister representing the centre-left GANAR coalition.

    PTI

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