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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Costa Rica Leader

The son of the founder of modern democratic Costa Rica has won the small country's presidential election.

With 80 percent of the vote counted, Jose Maria Figueres led ruling party candidate Miguel Angel Rodriguez by 49.7 percent to 47.5 percent in Sunday's vote.

"The soul of our campaign was the strength of the people, and with that we won the elections," he declared.

Figueres, 39, leader of the National Liberation Party and son of late President Jose "Pepe" Figueres, said social justice would be his main mission.