- Social Christian Unity Party
The Social Christian Unity Party ("Partido de Unidad Socialcristiana") is a
political partyin Costa Rica.
PUSC considers itself a Christian Democratic Party and, as such, is a member of the Christian Democrat and People's Parties International.
In the legislative elections held on
3 February 2002, the party won 29.8% of the popular vote and 19 out of 57 seats. In the presidential election, held concurrently with the legislative vote, its candidate, Abel Pacheco de la Espriellawon 38.6% of the vote. He was subsequently elected to the presidency in a runoff election on 7 Aprilwith 58.0% of the vote.
During Pacheco's presidency, news media revealed corruption scandals regarding former presidents
Miguel Angel Rodríguez Echeverría, and Rafael Angel Calderón Fournierwhich costed greatly to the Party in the next election (see below).
In the 2006 general election, PUSC presidential candidate
Ricardo Toledosecured around 3.5% of the national vote.
In the 5 February 2006 parliamentary election, the party won 5 out of 57 seats.
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