The center-left candidate Carlos Alvarado Quesada, of the ruling Citizen Action Party, won the ballot for the presidential elections in Costa Rica and will be the country's president from May. A former labor minister in the outgoing government, Alvardo Quesada won around 60 percent of the votes, while his opponent, Fabricio Alvarado, received 39.3 percent and has conceded defeat. "We have not won the election, but we can accept this result with our heads held high," he said. Carlos Alvarado, who will replace Luis Guillermo Solis, in whose government he served, said he feels "the duty to unite the republic" and to take it forward so as to make it one of the leading countries in the 21st century. Carlos Alvarado, who is 38 years old, will be sworn into office in May and will serve as president for the next four years. Before going into politics, he was a journalist and a writer, with three published novels, and prior to that he was a musician in the rock band Dramatika. In recent months the dominant issue on the political agenda has been same-sex marriage, which the country will have to legalize after a ruling by the inter-American court of human rights in January 2018. The ruling came in response to a petition brought by the incumbent president of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís, but it unleashed very harsh reactions across the country.