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Readers with any curiosity about libertarianism on the international scene may be interested in the current elections in Costa Rica. Otto Guevara is the founder of the Partido Movimiento Libertario (Libertarian Movement Party). He served in the Costa Rican legislature from 1998-2006. Guevara is currently the president of the Libertarian Movement Party and is the party’s candidate for president of Costa Rica.
NOTE: Guevara has stated that his party’s goals are no longer explicitly “libertarian” but “liberal”…
By MARIANELA JIMENEZ
The Associated Press
Sunday, February 7, 2010; 9:50 AM
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Costa Ricans appear likely to elect their first woman president Sunday as Central America’s most politically and economically stable country chooses between a career politician from the ruling party and an anti-taxation Libertarian.
Pre-election polls gave a nearly 20-point lead to Laura Chinchilla, who served as vice president under current President Oscar Arias, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and free-market enthusiast.
“All of this has been worth it. We are going to win, and in the first round,” said Chincilla, who rose early Sunday to attend a traditional election-day Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Sunday’s winner needs at least 40 percent of the vote to avoid an April run-off.
A scattering of voters turned out to cast early-morning ballots in a contest that was expected to produce few surprises, but could produce Latin America’s fifth woman president.
Otto Guevara, of the Libertarian Movement Party, emerged as Chinchilla’s biggest challenger. He promised to lower taxes, dismantle monopolies and adopt the U.S. dollar as the country’s currency.
Otton Solis, who barely lost the presidential election to Arias in 2006, came in third in the opinion polls. Solis voted early Sunday in his southern native town of Perez Zeledon.