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Paraguayans elect Horacio Cartes as president


International election observer Martin Sequeira said voting proceeded calmly with a high turnout.

He said there were some unconfirmed reports of election fraud complaining that some ballots had been pre-marked.

However, Arias said those were only “some small incidents, which you see even in the most consolidated democracies.’”

Cartes, who takes office on Aug. 15, is a newcomer to politics. He did not join the Colorado party until 2009, and says he voted for the first time in 2008.

Additional reporting by AP

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