April 2, 2018 / 2:37 AM / 8 months ago

Center-left candidate wins Costa Rica presidential election

Carlos Alvarado Quesada, presidential candidate of the ruling Citizens' Action Party (PAC), holds up his ballot during the presidential election, at a polling station in San Jose, Costa Rica, April 1, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Costa Rica’s center-left presidential hopeful Carlos Alvarado Quesada took an insurmountable lead in a Sunday presidential runoff, winning 61 percent of the vote in a race that exposed deep divisions in the country over religion.

Costa Rica’s electoral council announced the preliminary result with 91 percent of polling stations counted.

Reporting by David Alire Garcia; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel

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