Costa Rica News & Current Events

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff
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) .