Paraguay voted the conservative party out of the mayor’s office in the nation’s capital of Asuncion during this weekend’s municipal elections.
In a surprise upset for the President Horacio Cartes, TV host Mario Ferreiro defeated the incumbent mayor Arnaldo Samaniego by over ten points. Cartes’ Partido Colorado had controlled the capital for 15 years
Ferreiro ran for the left of centre party Partido Liberal Radical Autentico (PLRA) and was backed by a left of centre coalition. The voter turnout was low at just over 55% in the capital.
“Thank you to all the citizens of Asuncion, the triumph is yours and no one else’s,” he wrote on Facebook.
Nationwide, 250 mayors were elected and over 2,500 town councillors.
“I congratulate the winning candidates,” said Cartes on Twitter. “Let’s keep working together for a better Paraguay.”
Cartes’ term as president ends in 2018. Leading up to the elections he received a great deal of criticism for his conservative politics.