Laura Chinchilla Becomes First Woman President in Costa Rica

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Top Story — Costa Rica elected the country’s first female president Sunday, as Laura Chinchilla won the election with 47 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results. Only 40 percent of the votes are needed under Costa Rican electoral law to avoid a run-off.

Chinchilla, a protege of current president Óscar Arias, ran on a platform promising to continue the Arias administration’s moderate free-market policies. The main opposition candidate, Ottón Solís of the Citizens Action Party, has conceded defeat. Solís had won 25 percent of the votes with most of the votes counted, according to The Associated Press.

Solís also ran against President Arias in 2006.

“Today we are making history,” Chinchilla said of the election. “The Costa Rican people have given me their confidence and I will not betray it.”

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Image of Laura Chinchilla: Moiso Araya.

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