Costa Rica Faces an Unprecedented Political Situation After the Withdrawal of Araya

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – On April 6, Costa Rica must face an unprecedented runoff election after the historic retreat of the candidate, Johnny Araya, which opens the door of the 2014-2018 presidency to Luis Guillermo Solis.

    In a press conference, Araya confirmed around noon on Wednesday that the rumors circulating in political and news circles was true and that he would be withdrawing from the presidential race.

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    “I sensed a feeling from Costa Ricans; I heard their reasons; I have paid attention to their judgments; I have consulted polls measuring the deep currents of public opinion, and have decided to step out of the race,” said Araya.

    The PLN, the traditional party of Costa Rica, has ruled the country the past eight years with Oscar Arias (2006-2010) and Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014), who will finish her term on May 8.

    This is the first time a candidate decided not to participate in a second round with the current Costa Rican Constitution, which dates from 1949, although there is a precedent for the situation in 1932 when Manuel Castro withdrew against Ricardo Jimenez.

    The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) said the country’s Constitution prohibits a candidate resignation after the initial election, so they go on the ballot for the second round.

    However, the candidate of the center-left Citizen Action Party (PAC), Luis Guillermo Solis, said in a press conference that after the withdrawal of Araya he cannot claim victory yet, although he is confident that he will win in the second round.

    Both candidates were willing to talk to seek agreement for the good of the country.

    Today’s events coincided with a survey by the Center for Research and Policy Studies of the State University of Costa Rica, which gave support for Solís at 64.4% and Araya 20.9%. (ACAN-EFE)

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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