Costa Rica is going to the polls today to elect a brand-new president. This cartoon was published last week for The Costa Rica Star (and there’s a new one for this week which I’ll post here next week. Confusing? Yeah).
Fabricio Alvarado, an evangelical preacher and singer of Christian music whose wife speaks in tongues (go see this week’s cartoon), was languishing in the polls until the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that Costa Rica should allow same-sex marriage. Now, Alvarado is leading in the polls of the heavily religious nation.
While the nation is very progressive on environmental issues, voters vote their religion. In addition to same-sex marriage, abortion is illegal in Costa Rica. The nation is heavily in debt and its credit rating is plummeting, but most voters are focused on social issues. Alvarado has barely campaigned on the fiscal issues.
It’s doubtful he’ll get enough of the vote to win the presidency outright. So, there’ll be a runoff in April. Look forward to more cartoons on Costa Rica’s elections until then. I’m sure if Alvarado wins, I’ll have a lot of fun with “President Fabricio.”
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