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Two Young Women Will Lead Congress

  Women will set the tone for the first year of the new Legislative Assembly (Congress), with the election of Carolina Hidalgo Herrera, as president of the six-member multiparty legislative body that includes five women. Hidalgo, 35, from San Ramon, and currently living in Alajuela, is...

Costa Rica shows an admirable resistance to demagoguery

(OPINION) The Washington Post - THE HISTORY of North American attitudes toward Latin America is in part a story of serial infatuations with various revolutions and regimes. The left fell in love with Fidel Castro’s Cuba and Sandinista Nicaragua; many on the right hailed...

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...

Carlos Alvarado Will Be The 48th President of Costa Rica!

Carlos Alvarado Quesada, 38, will become the 48th president of Costa Rica, on May 8, 2018, winning the second round of elections with 60.79% of the votes against Fabricio Alvarado, who received 39.21%. That was the officially announced by the president of the Tribunal Supremo...

Why Is Costa Rica Voting On Easter Sunday?

Costa Rica has presidential elections every four years. The election is held in February, with the newly elected president taking office the following May 8. In February's election, if no candidate wins more than 40% of the vote, the two best performing candidate go head-to-head...

Ruling Party Presidential Contender Vows to Cut Deficit

Carlos Alvarado, presidential candidate of the ruling Partido Accion Cuidadana  - Citizens' Action Party - PAC, spoke to Reuters during an interview in San Jose, March 26, 2018. Carlos Alvarado says he will slash the country's growing fiscal deficit by half if he wins Sunday's...

The Second Round of the Presidential Election

Neither of the two Presidential Candidates, Fabricio Alvarado of the National Restoration Party (PRN), or Carlos Alvarado of the Citizen Action Party (PAC), has the intestinal fortitude to address the economic reform that is required, that being the revision downwards of the extremely high...

Voters Dressed In ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Outfits Protested Costa Rican Election

On Sunday, a group of women dressed in costumes like those worn in The Handmaid’s Tale took to the polls to cast their vote in Costa Rica’s presidential election. The eight women dressed dressed in the bright crimson robes and white bonnets made famous by...

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...

Our Future…?!

If Costa Rica, the land of plenty and of nothing much is truly the backyard of the U.S., then this election for President does not leave us much to be optimistic about. These are the same old pundits, born to make a living off politics,...

Juan Diego Castro Launches Violent Attack Against La Nacion

Taking a page out what appears to be the current U.S. President's attack on the media, in particular, CNN, Costa Rica's presidential candidate, Juan Diego Castro, launched a scathing and violent attack against La Nacion on Monday. The presidential candidate for the PIN, used the...

Alvarez and Castro In Close Race For President in 2018

Thought it may not seem like it, Costa Rica is in the midst of a presidential election. Unlike past elections, the 2018 poll is humdrum - lacking excitement or variety, dull. The top contenders are Antonio Alvarez Desanti, Juan Diego Castro, Rodolfo Piza and Rodolfo...

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