Sunday, February 11, 2007

Satisfaction with Arias government increases to 55 percent

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - More Costa Rican adults are content with Oscar Arias Sanchez, according to a poll by CID-Gallup. 55 per cent of respondents rate their president’s performance as good or very good, up 11 points since August.

Arias—a member of the National Liberation Party (PLN)—won the February 2006 presidential election with 40.92 per cent of all cast ballots. Arias headed the government from 1986 to 1990, and was able to run again after the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly opted to bring back presidential re-election in 2003. He was sworn in for the second time in May 2006.

On Feb. 7, the government announced that the president would donate his full salary to charity starting next month in an attempt to teach Costa Ricans the value of generosity. Arias signed his decision into a decree, declaring, "The world needs more altruism and more philanthropy." The president said he was following the three principles of the French Revolution—"Equality, Freedom and Brotherhood"—with special attention on brotherhood.

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