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Daily Focus: Costa Rica’s 2010 Election Taking Shape



Costa Rican politician Ottón Solís was nominated by his Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) last night to compete in the February 2010 presidential election, drawing over 70 percent of the vote. It is his third consecutive presidential nod from the PAC, which saw Solís lose by just over 1 percent of the vote in the 2006 election to current President Oscar Arias.

With Solís, a three-time candidate, again in the picture, the electorate will have fewer opportunities for hearing from new voices in this election season. The 2010 candidate for the Unidad Social Cristiana is former President Rafael Calderón (1990-1994).

But the Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) may yet raise some eyebrows with its selection. Vice President and Justice Minister Laura Chinchilla is reportedly Arias’ preferred candidate for his party. If elected, she would be Costa Rica’s first female president. The Supreme Elections Tribunal has cautioned Arias against making his preferences known as electoral rules prohibit public officials from using any influence to benefit a political party or candidate.

 

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