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Costa Rica rejects anti-establishment preacher in presidential election

Carlos Alvarado speaks at his victory rally. Photo: Manuel Arnoldo Robert Batalla/Getty Images

Carlos Alvarado, a former cabinet minister from the ruling center-left Citizens' Action Party, has defeated Fabricio Alvarado, a conservative evangelical preacher who campaigned against gay marriage, to become Costa Rica's next president.

Why it matters: Fabricio Alvarado (the candidates aren't related) had been considered the front-runner, and the victory of an unconventional, anti-establishment candidate would have been a shock to the system in Latin America's oldest democracy. Instead, the center-left will remain in control in a country dealing with high unemployment and concerns over crime and corruption.

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