Nobel Peace Prize Winner Again Gains Presidency
Costa Rica has a reputation as one of the most
stable, prosperous, and least corrupt Latin American countries. But in
fall 2004, three former Costa Rican presidents (José Maria Figueres
Olsen, Miguel Angel Rodríguez, and Rafael Angel Calderon) were
investigated on corruption charges. In 2006,
Óscar Arias Sánchez
was elected president. Arias, who had served as president once before
(1986–1990), won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for fostering peace
talks that eventually ended the civil wars in El Salvador and
The Costa Rican government
voted in November 2008 to implement the Central American Free Trade Agreement that voters had approved in October 2007.
In February 2010, Laura Chinchilla became the country's first woman to be elected president, taking 47% of the vote. She's a protegé of outgoing centrist president Oscar Arias.
U.S. State Dept. Country Notes:
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