Presidential candidate Carlos Alvarado, with National Restoration Party, walks away after casting his vote in a presidential runoff election in San Jose, Costa Rica, Sunday, April 1, 2018.(AP Photo)
Presidential candidate Carlos Alvarado, with National Restoration Party, walks away after casting his vote in a presidential runoff election in San Jose, Costa Rica, Sunday, April 1, 2018.(AP Photo)

Ruling party candidate Carlos Alvarado elected Costa Rica’s next president

Carlos Alvarado won 60.66 percent of the ballots against 39.33 percent for his ultra-conservative rival Fabricio Alvarado.
Agence France-Presse, San José | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2018 09:17 AM IST

Carlos Alvarado, the candidate for Costa Rica’s center-left ruling party, is to become his country’s next president after an election run-off Sunday against an evangelical preacher, according a near-complete vote count by electoral authorities.

Alvarado, a 38-year-old former labor minister, won 60.66 percent of the ballots, against 39.33 percent for his ultra-conservative rival, Fabricio Alvarado (no relation), the Supreme Electoral Tribunal said, based on returns from more than 90 percent of polling stations.

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