Guadalupe Urbina is 54 years old and lives in southern Costa Rica.
She studied music and has become famous in Costa Rica as a singer-songwriter.
The Citizens' Action Party candidate has won a clear victory over his National Restoration Party rival, Fabricio Alvarado Munoz. The second round ballot revealed deep political divisions over gay rights.
Two men with the same surname but different political platforms are the presidential choices for Costa Rican voters. An ultraconservative preacher and a former labor minister see gay rights very differently.
A group of countries from the Americas says it will scale down diplomatic relations with Venezuela after what it described as an illegitimate presidential election. The 14 states have pledged to recall their ambassadors.
Uncertainty reigns in Costa Rica's presidential elections, where 13 candidates hope to charm a disenchanted electorate. Known as a bastion of stability, the "Switzerland of Latin America" could be headed for crisis.
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