Evangelical singer leads Costa Rica presidential vote – authorities

SAN JOSE,  (Reuters) – Conservative Fabricio Alvarado, an evangelical Christian, took an early lead in Costa Rica’s presidential election yesterday with just over 11 percent of the vote counted, electoral authorities said.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) said Alvarado, a former TV anchor and singer, had 26.7 percent of the vote, with banana entrepreneur Antonio Alvarez Desanti in second place with 22.6 percent of the votes.

If no candidate wins at least 40 percent of the vote, a run-off election with the top two finishers is set for early April.

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