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Costa Rica looks a little less exceptional after its heated election

Carlos Alvarado Quesada has won the Costa Rican presidency with 61 percent of the vote, an overwhelming victory for a progressive candidate who entered election day in a dead heat with his conservative rival. Alvarado Quesada, a 38-year-old former labor minister under the unpopular outgoing...

The Party’s Over!

Rico's TICO BULL - In less than two hours after the voting, it was clear that Fabricio Alvarado was not going to be, to the relief of many, the next President. Despite the polls, the rhetoric, the support of Evangelical ministers and followers, lots of...

Costa Rica’s Election Offers Fiscal Faith Test

(Bloomberg) With its open doors to tourists, no standing army since 1948, and proud claims as Central America’s oldest democracy, Costa Rica is not the place you’d look for a religious uprising. Yet this country of 4.9 million may be poised next month to...

PAC Economic Team Is Endorsed by Businessmen

With a little over two weeks to go, the Presidential candidates have been busy presenting their economic teams, a group of people to assist the new president face the country's most pressing issue. While the 20 people team presented last week by Fabricio Alvarado of...

Presidential Candidates “Light” On Economic Plans

With only weeks to go for the second round of Costa Rica's presidential election on April 1, little has emerged on the economic plans of Fabricio Alvarado, the candidate of the Partido Restauración Nacional (PRN). His opponent Carlos Alvarado -  no relation - of Partido Accion...

Costa Rica’s Choice

This year’s election asks us not to just choose candidates or parties, but to decide the very nature of the government we wish to serve us. We are faced with an existential crisis asking us to reinvent the meaning of our ever-changing society. It...

A Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Shakes up Costa Rica’s Election

The Economist - A “SLICE of Iowa misplaced on the Central American isthmus”, is how an American political scientist once characterised Costa Rica. He meant it as a compliment. Costa Rica is orderly, relatively rich, and has been a democracy since 1949. But Ticos, as...

Down To The Wire, Costa Ricans Get Ready To Vote On Sunday

Though Wednesday is the cut off date for politicking, giving Costa Ricans a few days to ponder without propaganda their decision for Sunday, February 4. However, a number of candidates closed their campaigns (though not officially) on Sunday, with public events and the television...

Costa Rica Decides: Latest Poll

If the presidential elections were held today, who would win? The latest poll reveals no one. The current field of candidates for the election on February 14, 2018, is thirteen, some well known, including the perennial (his fifth consecutive outing) Otto Guevara, and a whole...

“Cementazo” Scandal Tarnishes Costa Rica’s Presidential Election

Costa Rica is just months away from a presidential election, set to take place on February 4, 2018. However, the road to the polls seems to be growing darker due to a complex political scandal that reveals the presence and extent of corruption in Costa...

Social Networks Fuel The Dirtiest Political Campaign In History

The social networks are full of personal attacks and false profiles with a view to the political campaign, where memes and injurious information are shared. If what is posted on the social networks were the truth, the Costa Rica presidential ballot of February 2018, would...

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