Who will be Costa Rica’s next president?Feb 8 2018
Right-wing evangelical singer and lawmaker Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz of the National Restoration Party was the top vote-getter in the first round of Costa Rica’s presidential election on Sunday and will face center-left former labor minister Carlos Alvarado Quesada of the Citizens’ Action Party in the April 1 runoff. Alvarado Muñoz in recent weeks was polling in the single digits, but then surged ahead after vowing to oppose a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights requiring Costa Rica and other member countries to recognize same-sex marriage. Alvarado Quesada, who is not related, supports same-sex marriage. Will that issue continue to dominate the election ahead of the second round? Who has the edge to become the country’s president? What has the election revealed about Costa Ricans’ priorities and concerns?
Five experts following the race closely offer their views in this edition of the Dialogue’s daily Latin America Advisor.