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Costa Rica may elect first woman president, thoughts?

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Costa Ricans appeared likely to elect their first woman president Sunday as Central America's most politically and economically stable country chose between a career politician from the ruling party and an anti-taxation Libertarian.

Polls closed Sunday evening after a peaceful election and some people still lined up to cast their vote were turned away. Electoral Tribunal President Luis Sobrado said partial results would come in several hours.

Pre-election polls gave a nearly 20-point lead to Laura Chinchilla, who served as vice president under current President Oscar Arias, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and free-market enthusiast.

"All of this has been worth it. We are going to win, and in the first round," said Chincilla, who rose early Sunday to attend a traditional election-day Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:04 PM on Feb. 7, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Sunday's winner needs at least 40 percent of the vote to avoid an April run-off.

    Otto Guevara, of the Libertarian Movement Party, emerged as Chinchilla's biggest challenger. He promised to lower taxes, dismantle monopolies and adopt the U.S. dollar as the country's currency.

    Otton Solis, who barely lost the presidential election to Arias in 2006, came in third in the opinion polls. Solis voted early Sunday in his southern native city of Perez Zeledon.

    If victorious, Chinchilla has pledged to continue Arias' moderate free-market policies that brought Costa Rica into the Central American Free Trade Agreement with the United States and initiated trade relations with China after a 63-year association with Taiwan.

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:05 PM on Feb. 7, 2010

  • Whatever, I just hope she really is what they expect. It doesn't matter what sex or color they are just that they are true to themselves and the people they serve.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:07 PM on Feb. 7, 2010

  • I think they are more progressive then we are.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:12 PM on Feb. 7, 2010

  • Whatever, I just hope she really is what they expect. It doesn't matter what sex or color they are just that they are true to themselves and the people they serve.

    Whats with the whatever??


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:14 PM on Feb. 7, 2010

  • Indira Gandhi served as prime minister of India back in the 1960s. Thatcher in the UK...Bhutto in Pakistan in the 1980s... Really, the US is the "developed" nation most behind in women in politics.

    Answer by ecodani at 10:47 PM on Feb. 7, 2010

  • SHIT YEAH, that's my husband's home country =) He could've cast an absentee ballot if he really wanted to, but it would've been worthless since he hasn't been there in like seven years, lol.

    They're actually not THAT much more progressive than us in a lot of areas. Yeah, they got rid of their military and are able to focus more on education and healthcare (both pretty much free for taxpaying citizens), but they're seriously repressed when it comes to religion. The majority of the country is either evangelical Christian or Catholic. I guess that's not a bad thing for most people, but it'll be a cold day in hell before gay marriage is legalized there, if you know what I mean.


    Answer by caitxrawks at 11:18 PM on Feb. 7, 2010

  • Groovy!!

    Answer by urkiddingright at 11:34 PM on Feb. 7, 2010

  • good for them.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 12:24 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

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