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October 22, 1985

The ruling Colorado Party in Paraguay claimed a landslide victory in municipal elections, amid allegations of voting fraud. In unofficial returns, the party of President Alfredo Stroessner captured about 700,000 votes, while the Liberal Party received 62,000 and the Radical Liberals, 25,000. Major opposition parties either boycotted the balloting or were banned. Joaquin Atilio Burgos, Liberal Party leader, charged that "they didn't let poll watchers work" in Itapua province and that there was "scandalous fraud" in Caaguzu province. Stroessner has ruled Paraguay since 1954.

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