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South America's Star Economy Set to Vote to Keep It That Way

  • Paraguay’s ruling party candidate likely to win on Sunday
  • The landlocked country is expected to grow 4.5% this year
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With Paraguay’s economy booming, this Sunday’s elections are less about policies and more about the candidates and their party machines.

In terms of growth, this landlocked country -- roughly the size of California -- is one of the few bright spots in Latin America in recent years. Barring an upset, Mario Abdo Benitez, a 46-year old former senator whose father was the secretary of long-serving dictator Alfredo Stroessner, looks set to retain the presidency for the conservative Colorado party. Recent polls put him well ahead of Efrain Alegre, a former minister backed by the Alianza Ganar, an unlikely alliance of right-wingers and leftists.