Voters in Paraguay are going to polls to pick a new president, 10 months after the controversial impeachment of former President Fernando Lugo. Many hope the vote will end the country's long political instability.
The US-educated son of a top aide to Paraguay's late dictator Alfredo Stroessner is tipped to win the presidential vote. Opinion polls show Mario Abdo Benitez of the ruling Colorado party leading his rival Efrain Alegre.
Vowing to uproot graft and impunity, the ex-senator has called for a transformation of the country. But some Paraguayans have cast doubt on his ability to lead an anti-corruption campaign given his ties to a dictator.
Violent protests have broken out in Paraguay following a secret Senate vote approving a bill to allow President Horacio Cartes to run for a second term. Presidents are currently limited to a single five-year term.
President Horacio Cartes has said he will not seek another term as president in the upcoming election. The announcement comes weeks after violent protests that led to people setting fire to the country's congress.
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