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Jamaica: “Costa Rica’s new vice-president has Jamaican roots”

The woman who will become the new vice-president of Costa Rica on May 8 has Jamaican heritage.

Epsy Alejandra Campbell-Barr was elected to the post after Carlos Alvarado won Sunday’s run-off election to beat right-wing evangelical preacher Fabricio Alvarado (no relation), for the job as head of state.

A 38-year-old former labour minister, writer and one-time journalist, Carlos Alvarado won 61 per cent of the vote, against 39 per cent for Fabricio Alvarado.

Campbell Barr will be the first person of African descent to serve as the country’s vice-president.

“It would not be the first only in Costa Rica, but in Latin America, and eventually, if the president leaves the country, [I would be] the first woman of African descent to assume the presidency in the entire American continent. It’s a big responsibility,” Campbell Barr was reported as saying on Sunday in an interview with CRHoy.com.

A story on QCostarica states that Campbell Barr’s grandmother reportedly migrated to Costa Rica from Jamaica with her husband.

“She’s named after her paternal grandmom and she’s proud of her Jamaican heritage,” the story said, adding that Campbell Barr is active in her community and served in the legislature between 2002 and 2006 before running for vice-president in 2006.

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