Costa Rica is in the middle of a presidential election, and a conservative Christian congressman is leading in the polls.
CharismaNews.com reports that 43-year-old Fabricio Alvarado, who is part of the evangelical National Restoration party, was leading in a poll released Tuesday night.
Alvarado is known for his conservative stance on issues, particularly when it comes to gay rights.
The election will be held on February 4, but experts say a second run-off election will likely take place after that since a candidate needs to receive at least 40 percent of the vote to take the election.
Alvarado is also predicted to win in a run-off against the other candidates, including conservative lawyer Juan Diego Castro of the National Integration Party and Carlos Alvarado, the candidate from Citizens’ Action Party, the party currently in power.
The conservative candidate, who currently serves as a representative in the Costa Rican congress, is popular among Christians, especially after he expressed his opposition to legalizing same-sex marriage. He also opposes legalizing marijuana, abortion, in-vitro fertilization, and the gay rights and transgender movement, which he has referred to as the “ideology of gender.”
CharismaNews.com notes that Costa Rica is one of the most stable countries in Central America.
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Publication date: February 1, 2018