The Latest: Ruling party candidate new Costa Rica president - InfoNews

Current Conditions

6.2°C

The Latest: Ruling party candidate new Costa Rica president

Voters stand in line at a polling station during a presidential election in San Jose, Costa Rica, Sunday, April 1, 2018. Voters will choose between Carlos Alvarado of the ruling Citizen Action Party and Fabricio Alvarado of National Restoration Party. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
April 02, 2018 - 12:13 AM

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - The latest on Costa Rica's presidential runoff election (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

Electoral officials in Costa Rica say the governing party's candidate has won a presidential runoff election in which same-sex marriage was a big issue.

Carlos Alvarado of the ruling Citizen Action Party has 60.6 per cent of the votes, with just over 90 per cent of ballots counted Sunday night.

Fabricio Alvarado of the National Restoration party has 39.4 per cent of the votes. The two men are not related.

Fabricio Alvarado had led the initial election round in early February after coming out strongly against a call by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for Costa Rica to allow same-sex marriage.

The new president spoke strongly for permitting gays to wed.

News from © The Associated Press, 2018
The Associated Press

  • Popular vernon News
  • Comments
  • Woman found dead in car in Kamloops
    KAMLOOPS - A woman has been found dead and two men have been taken to hospital after they were found in a car playing loud music early this morning. Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shel
  • Kamloops RCMP seek missing man
    KAMLOOPS - Police in Kamloops are asking for the public's help to find a missing man. James Harris, 53, has not been in contact with family or friends since late March and he was last se
  • Searching for a stranger: Dozens of people brought in by bus to look for Ryan Shtuka
    SUN PEAKS - It's been nearly 10 weeks since Ryan Shtuka went missing in the Sun Peaks area after leaving a house party on Burfield Drive, but volunteers are still showing up in droves hoping t
  • Kelowna RCMP investigating brutal downtown assault
    KELOWNA - A Kelowna man who witnessed a brutal assault by a group of young men on a lone male in downtown Kelowna on the weekend says he feels like he came close to seeing a murder in progress.
  • Broncos families surprised obituaries are on website selling services
    Some families of Humboldt Broncos bus crash victims are surprised to learn that error-riddled obituaries of their loved ones have been posted on a website that's selling flowers, as well as on
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile