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Cartes confirmed as Paraguay's president-elect


10:20, May 12, 2013

ASUNCION, May 10 (Xinhua) -- Horacio Cartes was officially declared on Friday winner of the April 21 elections by Paraguay's Supreme Court of Electoral Justice.

Cartes, who represents the conservative Colorado Party, was elected with 46 percent of the votes in the elections and will be sworn in on Aug. 15.

"Paraguay expects a great government and I assure you that we will not rest until there is equality and social justice in Paraguay," Cartes said at a Paraguayan Central Bank gathering of government officials and lawmakers.

Cartes also promised to reform the Colorado Party that was voted out of power in 2008 after six decades of consecutive rule for alleged rampant corruption, saying he will lead "a serious, honest, capable, visionary and patriotic government."

On regional affairs, Cartes said he wanted Paraguay to play a role in all regional integration organizations.

Paraguay was suspended by two regional organizations - the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) and the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) - for failing to uphold democratic principles after a parliamentary coup by right-wing legislators ousted President Fernando Lugo in June, 2012.

The pro-business president-elect also pledged to promote a policy of dialogue with Brazil despite their political differences.

For years, Paraguay has been clamoring to raise the price of the energy it sells to Brazil from the bi-national Itaipu hydroelectric damn located on the border of the two countries.

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