Paraguay: Populist candidate fires up protesters after vote

ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay (AP) — Hundreds of protesters have gathered in Paraguay’s capital for the second straight day of demonstrations alleging that this weekend’s presidential elections were marred by fraud, a claim that President-elect Santiago Peña, electoral authorities and international observers roundly dismissed. The protests mean Paraguay has become the latest country in the Americas to have a right-wing populist candidate call on his supporters to protest the results of an election, alleging fraud without presenting any firm evidence to back up the claims. Peña easily won Sunday’s election with 43% of the vote. Efraín Alegre, the second place candidate who represented a coalition of disparate parties. received 27%.