A supporter of Jose Maria Villalta, presidential candidate for the leftist Broad Front Party, holds up a scarf during his speech in San Jose February 2, 2014. A left-leaning former diplomat edged ... more 
A supporter of Jose Maria Villalta, presidential candidate for the leftist Broad Front Party, holds up a scarf during his speech in San Jose February 2, 2014. A left-leaning former diplomat edged ahead in Costa Rica's presidential election on Sunday as a strong showing by two leftist parties threatened to wrest power from the centrist government in an April run-off. Luis Guillermo Solis, an academic who has never been elected to office, edged ahead of ruling party candidate Johnny Araya despite trailing in pre-election polls and early vote returns. Left-wing lawmaker Jose Maria Villalta was in third place with 17.2 percent, meaning that the natural combined leftist vote for the left could carry Solis to victory in April. REUTERS/Monica Quesada (COSTA RICA - Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS) less 
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