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Costa Rica: Ruling party candidate Carlos Alvarado to become 48th president

The presidential election in Costa Rica had become consumed by social issues in recent weeks

ANI  |  San Jose [Costa Rica] 

Costa Rica presidential elections
Costa Rica newly elected president Carlos Alvarado of the Citizen Action Party gives his winning speech | Photo: AP/PTI

Costa Rica's ruling-party is all set to be the country's next leader, according to preliminary poll results posted by electoral officials.

Alvarado is on the track to win the presidential election, overcoming a challenge by a who ran on his opposition to same-sex marriage, The Post reported.

With about 90 percent of the votes counted, Alvarado, who had served in cabinet positions for the current president, Luis Guillermo Solis, had captured 60.6 percent, according to the country's

His opponent, Fabricio Alvarado Munoz, had been riding momentum based on his opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion and his stance on other social issues.

He, however, received only 39.3 percent of the votes, at the time of filing this report.

The in had become consumed by social issues in recent weeks.

This year, the Inter-of Human Rights ruled that member countries should allow same-sex marriage.

"The inter-American court's ruling was really the equivalent of dropping an atomic bomb on the race. The whole race was transformed literally overnight. The election became, de facto, a referendum on same-sex marriage," The Post quoted Kevin Casas-Zamora, a senior fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue in and former of Costa Rica, as saying.

Central American countries tend to be predominantly Catholic and socially conservative, with relatively strict laws limiting abortion.

In Costa Rica, the evangelical vote has been growing in recent decades, and polls have shown that a majority of Costa Ricans oppose same-sex marriage.

First Published: Mon, April 02 2018. 17:36 IST