(dpa) - Centre-left former bishop
Fernando Lugo won a historic election Sunday in Paraguay, according to exit
poll results released after the end of voting.
If confirmed by official results, Lugo's triumph would put an end to 61 years of rule by the conservative Partido Colorado.
According to exit polls published by the daily ABC Digital, Lugo was set to obtain around 43 per cent of the vote, to ruling-party candidate Blanca Ovelar's 37 per cent and former coup leader General Lino Oviedo's 16 per cent.
According to Paraguayan election law, a plurality is enough for the winner of Sunday's election to be declared the country's next president for a five-year term.