The presidential candidates are taking a different approach to the April 6 run-off election, looking to forge political alliances prior to taking the campaign back to the voters.

Former president Abel Pacheco (2002-2006) who beat of Rolando Araya, brother of PLN candidate Johnny Araya) in the first ever run off election in the country.

Today the PAC candidate, Luis Guillermo Solís, is expected to have a private meeting with former president, Abel Pacheco of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC). The former has publicly expressed his support for the PAC candidate.

The meeting will take place at the Pacheco home in Rohrmoser, an informal setting since the two men know each other. Pacheco said publicly on Friday that he would probably vote for Solís on April 6.

On Friday, Solís met with the secretary of the Episcopal Conference,  Ángel San Casimiro.

The highest representative of the Catholic Church in Costa Rica, said “there is no need to make trouble where there is none”, regarding Solís’ position on abortion, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and gay marriages. San Casimiro said that the position of the candidate are “not our of this world”, but sait that hopefully all will identity with the fundamental right to life.

Following the meeting that lasted a little over an hour, Solis told

Solís (left) with Catholic Church Bishop, Angel San Casamiro

the press that he will respect the present law on abortion, if elected president on April 6. On the subject of IVF, the candidate said it is necessary to comply with the order of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that ordered Costa Rica to legalize IVF. On gay marriage, the candidate said he was in favour of coexistence of societies and reiterate to promote marriage equality.

One subject both Solís and the Church are in full agreement is the need to fight to eradicate extreme poverty in the country.

San Casimiro and the other Bishops of the Episcopal Conference met on Tuesday with Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) candidate, Johnny Araya.

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