Almost four years ago Johnny Araya had to take a back seat to Laura Chinchilla for the leadership of the PLN party, losing the presidential nomination in a tight race.

Last night, Araya was acclaimed as the 2014 PLN candidate at a ceremony at the Balcon Verde in La Sabana.

The cost of admission was ¢30 million colones, the amount required to be paid to the party by candidates. The cost would have been higher if there had been other candidates, that would have forced a convention.

The long time mayor of San José is not the official PLN candidate and could become Costa Rica’s next president in the elections of February 2014.