Famous Paraguayan Leaders

A landlocked country in South America, Paraguay is a fondly called the Heart of South America due to its centralized location. Today a representative democratic republic, Paraguay was conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century. Only in 1811 did Paraguay gain its independence but what followed was a series of rule by dictators who enforced authoritarian rule over the region. The regime of Alfredo Stroessner towards the end of the 20th century marked the end of authoritarian rule in South America and Paraguay eventually. Following his dethronement, free multi-party elections were organized in Paraguay for the first time in 1993. According to the Paraguayan Constitution, the President of Paraguay serves as the head of the executive branch of the Government of Paraguay. He is both head of state and head of government. He also serves as the commander-in-chief. In the recent past, Paraguay has been headed by many great Paraguayan leaders including Luis González, Nicanor Duarte, Fernando Lugo and Federico Franco. Check this section to know more about famous Paraguayan leaders.

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 1 Alfredo Stroessner

Alfredo Stroessner.
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Famous As: Former President of Paraguay
Birthdate: November 3, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Encarnación
Died: August 16, 2006

Alfredo Stroessner was a Paraguayan Army officer who ruled over Paraguay as its dictator from 1954 to 1989. His 35-year-long rule is the longest in the history of modern South America. He was overthrown in 1989 in a military coup led by Andrés Rodríguez. Subsequently, he was forced into exile and spent his last 17 years in exile in Brazil.

 2 Francisco Solano López

Francisco Solano López.
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Famous As: Former President of Paraguay
Birthdate: July 24, 1827
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Asunción
Died: March 1, 1870

Francisco Solano López was a Paraguayan politician who served as the president of Paraguay from 1862 to 1870. Before becoming a leader, López played an important role in the Platine Wars where he fought against Juan Manuel de Rosas, serving in the Paraguayan Army. A controversial figure, Solano López is sometimes held responsible for the outbreak of the Paraguayan War. 

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 3 Horacio Cartes

Horacio Cartes.
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Famous As: President of Paraguay
Birthdate: July 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Asunción

Horacio Cartes is a Paraguayan politician and businessman. From 2013 to 2018, he served as the president of Paraguay. Apart from being an important member of the Colorado Party, Cartes is also an influential businessman. He owns the business conglomerate Grupo Cartes, which includes about two dozen businesses, including Paraguay's largest cigarette manufacturer Tabacalera del Este.

 4 José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia

José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 6, 1766
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yaguarón
Died: September 20, 1840

José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia went down in history as the first dictator of Paraguay. Although he had initially studied theology, he later deviated to law. Known as El Supremo, he banned all foreign trade in his bid to make Paraguay self-sufficient, thus eventually weaking it and curbing personal freedom.

 5 Fernando Lugo

Fernando Lugo.
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Famous As: politician, sociologist, cleric, Catholic priest
Birthdate: June 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Solano

 6 Nicanor Duarte

Nicanor Duarte.
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Famous As: Paraguayan Politician
Birthdate: October 11, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Coronel Oviedo

 7 Federico Franco

Federico Franco
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: July 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Asunción
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 8 Carlos Antonio López

Carlos Antonio López
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 4, 1792
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
Died: September 10, 1862

 9 Juan Carlos Wasmosy

Juan Carlos Wasmosy
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: December 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 10 Andrés Rodríguez

Andrés Rodríguez
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 19, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Borja, Paraguay
Died: April 21, 1997

 11 Federico Chávez

Federico Chávez
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 15, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
Died: April 24, 1978

 12 Luis María Argaña

Luis María Argaña
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 3, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
Died: March 23, 1999

 13 Carmen Casco de Lara Castro

Carmen Casco de Lara Castro
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: June 17, 1918
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paraguay
Died: May 8, 1993

 14 Blanca Ovelar

Blanca Ovelar
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 2, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Concepción, Paraguay

 15 Ticio Escobar

Ticio Escobar
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 16 Sheila Abed

Sheila Abed
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Paraguay

 17 Margarita Mbywangi

Margarita Mbywangi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Paraguay

 18 Ana Maria Baiardi

Ana Maria Baiardi
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: July 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paraguay

 19 Juan Carlos Da Costa

Juan Carlos Da Costa
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1944 AD
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
Died: 1976 AD