(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Laura Chinchilla could secure a victory in the first round of Costa Rica’s upcoming presidential election. According to a poll by CID-Gallup. 44 percent of respondents would vote for Chinchilla of the governing National Liberation Party (PLN) in next month’s ballot, down one point since December.
Otto Guevara of the Libertarian Movement (ML) is second with 27 per cent, followed by former economy minister Otton Solis of the Citizens Action Party (PAC) with 12 percent, and Luis Fishman of the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC) with 10 percent.
Under current regulations, a presidential run-off would be required if none of the presidential candidates garner more than 40 per cent of the vote on election day.
On Jan. 22, Guevara criticized the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) with the United States, saying that he would push for a "true free trade agreement," and adding, "CAFTA was not a true opening of the market. There are still some things hidden in the closet that would bring in much more investment. The ideas of our campaign are more modern."
Costa Ricans will vote in a general election on February 7.