Costa Rica elects center-right economist Rodrigo Chaves as president

The president-elect will face the great challenge of governing with only 10 of the total 57 members of the legislature.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Costa Ricans on Sunday elected economist Rodrigo Chaves Robles as the 49th president in the country's history. The politician had focused his campaign on the promise of "change" and a head-on fight against corruption.

Chaves, of the young Social Democratic Progressive Party (center right), received 52.9% of the vote, defeating former president (1994-1998) and National Liberation Party (PLN) candidate José María Figueres, who received 47.1% of the vote. The abstention rate was 42.8%.

The president-elect affirmed that he received the result of today's elections with "humility" and . . .

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