October 8, 2007 / 2:42 AM / 12 years ago

Costa Rica set to back US trade deal - vote result

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Costa Ricans looked likely to support a free trade deal with the United States in a referendum on Sunday, results showed after ballots from nearly 74 percent of polling stations were counted.

Almost 52 percent of voters backed the Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA, while 48 percent voted against it, according to the official results.

If confirmed, a ‘yes’ vote would be a boost for Washington’s standing in Latin America, which has suffered in recent years after leftist leaders took power in countries like Brazil and Venezuela.

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