What a Wonderful Country!


I refer, of course, to Costa Rica. Committed to democracy. National goals are promoting education and health. Abolished their army in 1948. Yesterday,

Costa Rican presidential candidate Carlos Alvarado Quesada defeated a challenger who ran on his opposition to same-sex marriage. From Joshua Partlow: “With about 90 percent of the votes counted, Alvarado, 38, a novelist and musician who had served in cabinet positions for the current president, Luis Guillermo Solís, had captured 60.6 percent, according to the country’s ­Supreme Electoral Tribunal. His opponent, Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz, a TV journalist, pastor and singer who had been riding momentum based on his opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion and his stance on other social issues, had received 39.3 percent of the vote.