Ruling party candidate Carlos Alvarado Quesada on Sunday won Costa Rica’s presidential runoff, garnering 61 percent of the vote to defeat evangelical singer and lawmaker Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz. Same-sex marriage was a prominent issue in the campaign, with Alvarado Quesada in support of it and Alvarado Muñoz opposed to it. To what can Alvarado Quesada, who came in behind Alvarado Muñoz in the first round, attribute his victory? What can Costa Ricans expect of his government, and how much will his policies differ from those of current President Luis Guillermo Solís? What will Alvarado Quesada’s government mean for businesses operating in Costa Rica and for the country’s economy?
The daily Latin America Advisor asked for analysts what Costa Ricans can expect from Carlos Alvardado.