The Next President of Costa Rica Will Have a Divided Congress

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The next president of Costa Rica, who will be decided in a second round of voting on April 6, will have a divided Congress, according to the official results of the first round of legislative votes released today by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).

    Through a press release, the TSE released the names of 57 members who were elected for the Congress of Costa Rica for the 2014-2018 season, after completing a manual counting of votes in the first round last February 2.

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    The ruling National Liberation Party (PLN) presidential candidate Johnny Araya, has won more seats in the Legislative Assembly with a total of 18 of the 57 that make up the legislative branch.

    Meanwhile, the Citizen Action Party (PAC), the opposition presidential candidate, Luis Guillermo Solís, who will face Araya in the second round, had 13 deputies, however, they failed to have representation in the provinces of Limón (Caribbean ) or Guanacaste (Pacific).

    The leftist Broad Front party has nine deputies, while the Social Christian Unity Party took eight and the (right) Libertarian Movement reached four seats. The rest (five) is divided among smaller parties.

    On February 2, more than three million Costa Ricans voted for the president and 57 members of Congress for the period 2014-2018.

    After the election, the TSE confirmed that Costa Rica would go to a second round of voting after neither candidate receives 40% needed to be president.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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