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Carlos Alvarado, novelist, musician and presidential candidate in Costa Rica

As the candidate for the PAC, he has had to deal with the wear and tear on the current administration, whose image was hard hit by a corruption scandal as well as by increasing violence.

Costa Rican elections combine close polls, vastly different positions

The second and final vote will be held April 1.

Presidential candidates in Costa Rica close campaigns with San José rallies

The two candidates came into the final stretch of the campaign neck and neck, without a glimpse of a clear winner.

New poll in Costa Rica: another small Fabricio lead, another statistical dead heat

Fifteen percent of those who intend to vote on April 1 say they are still undecided.

Poll: Fabricio Alvarado holds slight lead in Costa Rica

The survey shows a lead but is still within the margin of error, like another recent poll that put the other candidate on top.

Citizen Action Party nominates presidential candidate for 2018

A journalist and political scientist, Carlos Alvarado Quesada said that the struggle to keep his party in Casa Presidencial “has just began.”

Two members of Costa Rica’s ruling party convicted of fraud

Judges also found the party liable in the fraud charges and ordered that it pay almost ₡600 million ($1 million) to the Supreme Elections Tribunal for the damage caused.

Legislative Assembly approves budget cuts to infrastructure, child welfare and public health

The approved ₡8,9 trillion budget is ₡22 billion lower than the original plan submitted by President Luis Guillermo Solís.

Opposition parties maintain control over Legislative Assembly

President Luis Guillermo Solís will have to step up his negotiating skills to deal with a Legislative Assembly leadership that doesn't include a single lawmaker from his party — just like in his first year in office.

Lawmakers mostly unsatisfied with work in their second year in office

As Costa Rica's legislature ends its second year in office, most party leaders agree that little progress was made during the recently-ended legislative session.

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