Costa Rica News & Current Events
First Woman Elected President
In February 2010, Laura Chinchilla became the country's first woman to be elected president, taking 47% of the vote. She's a protégé of outgoing centrist president Oscar Arias. Due to Article 132 of Costa Rica's Constitution, Chinchilla was ineligible to run for a second consecutive term.
Luis Guillermo Solís was elected president in May 2014. A member of the center-left Citizens' Action Party, Solís easily won the presidency after first round runner-up, San José Mayor Johnny Araya Monge stopped actively campaigning.
See also Encyclopedia: Costa Rica
U.S. State Dept. Country Notes: Costa Rica
National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (In Spanish Only) http://www.inec.go.cr/ .
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