Laura Chinchilla could become the next president of Costa Rica, according to a poll by CID-Gallup. Forty five per cent of respondents would vote for the former vice-president and member of the governing National Liberation Party (PLN) in the 2010 election, up two points since August.
Otto Guevara of the Libertarian Movement (ML) is a distant second with 19 per cent, followed by former economy minister Otton Solis of the Citizens Action Party (PAC) with 13 per cent. Support is lower for Luis Fishman of the Social Christian Unity Party (PUCS), Rolando Araya of Patriotic Alliance (AP), and Oscar Lopez of the Accessibility Without Exclusion Party (PASE).
The next presidential election in Costa Rica is scheduled for Feb. 7, 2010.