Carlos Alvarado defeats ultra-conservative opponent in Costa Rica’s Presidential Elections

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Source: Telesur / The Dawn News / April 2, 2018

Carlos Alvarado Quesada, presidential candidate of the ruling Citizens’ Action Party (PAC), celebrate his victory during the presidential election in San Jose, Costa Rica April 1, 2018. Photo Credit: REUTERS /Jose Cabezas

“My duty will be to unite this Republic” said the new head of the State of Costa Rica who advocated for a more equitable and more progressive society.

The elected president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, called to form a bicentennial government that promotes the unity of country, so as to bring it forward and to allow it to develop its own leadership in the 21st century.

“Today the democratic deed that was carried forward is the deed of Costa Rica; my duty will be to unite this republic, unite it to bring it forward,” Alvarado said from Roosevelt Square in East San Jose (capital), in front of hundreds of his sympathizers.

In his first few statements since his electoral triumph on Sunday, in which he vastly surpassed the evangelical pastor Fabricio Alvarado, the former minister pleaded for a less unequal and more democratic nation.

In his opinion, he will govern a country, “diverse, that has inequalities, a country that needs to work and work to bring greater opportunities to different parts of the country,” both in the provinces and throughout the national territory.

After an election campaign marked by the ruling of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights urging Costa Rica to equate the rights of same-sex couples, the journalist noted that “it must seek equality between men and women, adults, people with disabilities and boys and girls.”

Without referring to the major problems that, according to the surveys, affect the Costa Rican society, like unemployment and insecurity and delinquency, Alvarado said that he will work for a Costa Rica that works towards progress.

Preliminary data, published by the Supreme Court of elections after the scrutiny of 95.58% of the votes, indicate that Carlos Alvarado of the ruling Citizens’ Action Party won the second round of the elections with 60.74% of the vote will accept the presidential responsibility on the coming 8th of May.

Meanwhile, Fabricio Alvarado of the National Restoration Party obtained a 39.26%.

Who is Carlos Alvarado, the winner of Costa Rican elections?

Carlos Alvarado started his political career as an advisor of the Citizens’ Action Party (PAC) and later served as chief of communication of the company of current president Luis Guillermo Solis.

As well as being a journalist, Alvarado entered in politics as an advisor of the Citizens’ Action Party in the Legislative Assembly and, after a few years in Panama with a job in a multinational, he returned to his country to be the chief of communication of the company that led the current President Luis Guillermo Solis to the presidency in 2014.

Carlos Alvarado is 39 years old and was the youngest of all the presidential candidates. He obtained a postgraduate degree in political science in the United Kingdom and he defines himself as “centre-left progressive”. He announced that he will defend the decision of Inter-American Court of Human Rights on the homosexual marriage and some plans of Solis’ cabinet, like a tax reform that he could never pass because he did not have the majority in the Legislative Assembly.

“The next government requires national unity government for all of Costa Rica, to bring the dialogue and respect the difference, and to know how to transform the country,” he said after having reached the second place in the first round of elections in February.

The new leader of PAC managed to get pass his rivals in recent days as a result of his opponent’s ultraconservative stance. While, he was attacked over corruption scandals during his administration at the Ministry of Human Development and Labour.

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