Costa Rica’s governing party won a big presidential election victory as many voters rejected an evangelical pastor who had jumped into political prominence by campaigning against same-sex marriage. The head of the Supreme Electoral Council, Luis Antonio Sobrado, said that with 95 percent of ballots counted, Carlos Alvarado of the ruling Citizen Action Party had 60.8 percent of the votes in the runoff election. His opponent, Fabricio Alvarado of the National Restoration party, had 39.2 percent. The two men are not related. Fabricio Alvarado rose from being a political unknown to the leading candidate in the election’s first round in February after he came out strongly against a call by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for Costa Rica to allow same-sex marriage. Read more Costa Rica’s electricity generated by renewables for 300 days in 2017 Carlos Alvarado, a novelist and former labour minister who finished second to get the final spot in the runoff, spoke in favour of letting gays wed. The victor wrote in his Twitter account, “Let’s celebrate our 200 years of Independence with a government worthy and up to date with the times. Today, the world is watching us and we sent a beautiful democratic message.” Recent opinion polls… Read full this story
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