Saturday, November 03, 2007

President Arias gains momentum in Costa Rica

Photo by Reuters(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Costa Rican president Oscar Arias gained a significant amount of public support last month, according to a poll by CID-Gallup. 60 per cent of respondents think Arias has done a good or very good job leading the country, up eight points since July.

On Oct. 25, Arias and Chinese premier Wen Jiabao agreed in Beijing to bring bilateral relations "to a higher level." Arias, who recently severed his country’s long-standing ties with Taiwan and established diplomatic relations with mainland China, declared: "The successful visit proved to me once again that we have made the right decision."

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.

In 1987, Arias was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his mediation in a peace deal that ended years of bloodshed in Central America.

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