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Ivan Duque Wins Colombian Presidential Elections

President-elect Ivan Duque appealed for unity after winning a runoff election over a leftist firebrand whose ascent shook Colombia’s political establishment and laid bare deep divisions over the nation’s peace process. Colombia’s President-Elect Ivan Duque celebrates his victory in the presidential runoff election, in Bogota,...

Colombia: Ivan Duque and Gustavo Petro Go To Runoff

With nearly all ballots counted in Sunday’s first round, Ivan Duque was leading with 39.7% ahead of Gustavo Petro on 24.8%. Former Medellin Mayor Sergio Fajardo came third with 23.8%. Preliminary results of the first round of the Colombian presidential election go on display. Photograph:...

Re-elected, Venezuela’s Maduro Faces Global Criticism

(Reuters) – Critics at home and abroad on Monday denounced the re-election of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro as a farce cementing autocracy, while the U.S. government imposed new sanctions on the crisis-stricken oil-producing country. Maduro wins Venezuela election challengers call illegitimate Maduro, the 55-year-old successor to...

Venezuela’s Maduro gets support from Erdogan, Maradona ahead of vote

CARACAS/BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuela’s diplomatically isolated president got a show of support from his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan and Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona on Thursday ahead of a weekend election widely decried as unfair. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores...

Viva La Democracia! First Polls Open In Australia in Costa Rica’s Presidential Elections

Although in Costa Rica the second round voting to elect the next President doesn't occur until Sunday morning, 123 Costa Ricans - 63 men and 60 women - in Sydney, Australia already began casting their votes. The Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE) - elections tribunal...

‘People Hate Us, We Might Move To Spain’

Costa Rica's first and only same-sex married couple are worried about their future in Costa Rica as the nation prepares to go to the polls this Sunday, April 1. Evangelical preacher Fabricio Alvarado faces former minister Carlos Alvarado in an election dominated by the issue...

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...

Elections Tribunal Orders PRN Not To Use Religion To Attract Votes and Contributions

The Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE) - Costa Rica's election tribunal - ordered the Partido Restauración Nacional (PRN) led by Fabricio Alvarado not to use religion to attract votes and ask for private contributions. The TSE said it issued the precautionary measure after receiving 86...

Colombians Call for Pro-Peace Coalition as Duque Gains in Presidential Polls

Colombian voters are calling for a pro-peace coalition in the run-up to the May 27 presidential elections Ivan Duque, who fought against the peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), pulls ahead in new polls. Colombian presidential candidates Gustavo Petro (L), Sergio...

Undecided Voters to Untie Presidential Candidates?

With the politicking at an end, it is now up to the voters, mainly the undecided, to decide who will lead the country for the next four years. The latest poll by Center for Political Studies and Research (CIEP) of the University of Costa Rica...

Alvarados in “Technical” Tie

With eight days to the polls, Carlos Alvarado of the Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) and Fabricio Alvarado of Restauración Nacional (PRN) maintain a 'technical' tie. This is revealed in the latest survey of the Center for Research and Political Studies of the University of Costa...

Otto Guevara, The Perennial Presidential Wannabe Considering A New Political Party

Rico's TICO BULL - Otto Guevara, legislator, leader of the Partido Movimiento Libertario (ML) party and perennial presidential candidate (let's see he's run, unsuccessfully, every four years since 2002), says he is at the disposal of Fabricio Alvarado, presidential candidate for the Partido National...

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...

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...

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,...

Presidnetial Candidates Ham It Up While The “Ranch Was Burning”

In true democratic style that could only happen in Costa Rica, on Tuesday, 11 of the 13 presidential candidates put aside rhetoric and their political differences to share a burger. No bodyguards. No stress. Just a fun time. The unusual get together, rather party was...

Mexican Governor Invokes Pancho Villa, Shakes Up Elections

"We want a true revolution in this country," mustachioed governor Javier Corral said in his office, hung with a large portrait of Villa, the legendary general of the Mexican revolution. Invoking Pancho Villa's revolutionary legacy and armed with a hard-hitting corruption investigation into the country's...

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...

“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...

Presidential Candidates Bet On Private Higher Education To Strengthen Economy

Three presidential candidates promise to reform the National Council of Private Higher Education (Conesup) in case they win the elections when Costa Ricans go to the polls on Sunday, February 4, 2018. That measure was repeatedly mentioned on Wednesday night, in a debate of six...

PUSC Elects Rodolfo Piza As Their 2018 Presidential Candidate

Q COSTA RICA - Rodolfo Piza will once again lead the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC) into the next presidential elections, to be held in February 2018. With a majority of votes from within his party, the former president of the Caja Costarricense del Seguro...

Otton Solis: The Man Who Would Be President, Thrice Removed

TICO BULL – If one can’t be president directly, legislators in Ticolandia, at least, can aspire to be as close to the presidential chair by running for the president of Legislative Assembly. Although the election is only for one year, from May 1 of the...

Andres Sepulveda, Colombian Hacker, Admits To Rigging 2014 Elections In Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica will be investigating whether hackers interfered with its 2014 presidential elections, following revelations by jailed hacker Andrés Sepúlveda that he rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. Sepulveda, who grew up poor in Bucaramanga, Colombia, eight hours north of...

Oscar Arias For President in 2018?

QCOSTARICA - Internally, within then Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) party there is a growing number of people urging former president Oscar Arias Sanchez to seriously consider placing his name in the hat to run for president in 2018. At least that is the word from...

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