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Costa Rica poll goes into runoff as evangelical leads

Monday, February 5, 2018

Costa Rica's presidential election will go into a runoff after evangelical preacher Fabricio Alvarado won the first round but failed to secure enough votes to win outright.

He will face Carlos Alvarado of the centre-left Citizen's Action Party (PAC) in the second round on 1 April.

The election was dominated by the issue of same-sex marriage, after a court ruled that the principle should be recognized. Fabricio Alvarado surged ahead in polls after promising to oppose the ruling.

With almost all the ballots counted, the evangelical preacher had 24.8 per cent of the vote, while Carlos Alvarado had 21.8 percent. The two candidates are not related.

Source: BBC