- National Liberation Party (Costa Rica)
National Liberation Party
Partido Liberación Nacional
Founded 1951 Ideology Social democracy
Political position Centre-left International affiliation Socialist International Official colours Green and White Legislative Assembly Website http://www.pln.or.cr/ Politics of Costa Rica
The PLN was founded by José Figueres in 1951, following the end of the Costa Rican Civil War. It soon became one of the most important in the country. In 2002, for the first time in history, it lost its second consecutive election. The party won only 27.1 % of the popular vote and 17 out of 57 seats. At the presidential elections of the same date, its candidate, Rolando Araya Monge won 31.0 % (the worst showing ever for the party) of the vote and was defeated in the run off election by Abel Pacheco.
In the February 5, 2006 parliamentary election, the party won 25 out of 57 seats. Its candidate at the presidential election of the same day, Óscar Arias won 40.92% and was elected. In the Costa Rican general election, 2010, Laura Chinchilla, the previous Vice-President, and the PLN candidate won the election with an initial count of 47%.
- Official website (in Spanish)
- ^ Socialist International list of members
- ^ Elisabeth Malkin (February 8, 2010). "Costa Rica: Female Leader Elected". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/09/world/americas/09costarica.html. Retrieved February 10, 2010.
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