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    Left-Wing Candidate Easily Wins Costa Rica Presidency

    Carlos Alvarado Quesada of the ruling Citizens’ Action Party is forecast to walk away with more than 60 percent of the vote. His main opponent, former evangelical preacher Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz, largely campaigned on opposition to same-sex marriage after jumping from the back of the pack to second place. At 38, Alvarado will be Costa Rica’s youngest president in modern history when he’s sworn in May 8. He’ll face pressure to lower the deficit, fight corruption and navigate the socially conservative country’s same-sex marriage issue.

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