Sunday, April 19, 2009

Arias remains above 50 percent mark in Costa Rica

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Oscar Arias Sanchez maintains a positive approval rating in Costa Rica. According to a poll by CID-Gallup 53 percent of respondents in the Central American country rate their president’s performance as good or very good, down seven points since October 2007.

Arias won the February 2006 presidential election with 40.92 percent of all cast ballots as the candidate for the National Liberation Party (PLN). Arias had 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 Apr. 14, Arias discussed the upcoming Summit of the Americas, saying, "We know that assistance to Latin America will be small, but a very noble way in which the United States can help (...) is to stop the sale of weapons to Latin American countries. Every time a country spends on weapons, it means one fewer hospital can be built."

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