Libertarian Movement (Costa Rica)

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Libertarian Movement Party
Founded May 1994
Ideology Classical liberalism
Conservatism[1][2]
Regional affiliation Liberal Network for Latin America (Relial)
Colours Red
Legislative Assembly
4 / 57
Website
www.movimientolibertario.com
Politics of Costa Rica
Political parties
Elections

The Libertarian Movement Party (Spanish: Partido Movimiento Libertario; PML) is a political party based on classical liberalism in Costa Rica.

It was founded in May 1994 and has since enjoyed a number of victories. It succeeded in getting attorney Otto Guevara elected to the Legislative Assembly in its first campaign in 1998. In 2002, Guevara ran for president (unsuccessfully, 1.7% of the vote), and the party at the legislative elections won 9.3% of the popular vote and 6 out of 57 seats. A few weeks after taking office, one Congressman left the party and became independent, leaving PML with five seats. In 2006, Guevara again ran for president (unsuccessfully, 8.4% of the vote), and the party at the legislative elections won 9.1% of the popular vote and 6 out of 57 seats. In the 2010 general election Guevara was again the PML's presidential candidate and received 20% of the popular vote.

In its 2014 electoral campaign, the party has taken a more socially conservative position, totally opposing the legalisation of abortion[2] and rejecting the right of homosexual couples to marry.[3]

Purpose[edit]

The party claims to represent hundreds of thousands of Costa Rican citizens from all walks of life, tired of politics, parties, traditional politicians, and the country's deteriorating situation.

Policy positions[edit]

  • Moderate intervention of the State in health, education, infrastructure and other areas
  • Break up of all of the state-owned monopolies and eliminate legal barriers on private economic activities
  • Provide a low flat tax for the income produced within the country, eliminate many of the current taxes
  • Free trade – eliminate tariffs and barriers to the entry of goods
  • Freedom to choose the currency that consenting individuals want
  • Freedom to choose your own doctor within the social security system
  • Strengthen individual pension accounts
  • Freedom of parents to choose schools through vouchers
  • Respect for private property
  • Reduction of the participation of government in the economy
  • Freedom of speech and press
  • Respect for the religious beliefs (or lack thereof) of the people
  • Transfer of responsibility from central government to local governments[4]

Congressional representation[edit]

[5]

  • Mirna Patricia Pérez Hegg (San José)
  • Damaris Quintana Porras (San José)
  • Danilo Cubero Corrales (Alajuela) (Jefe de Fracción)
  • Mireya Zamora (Alajuela) (Primera Secretaria de la Asamblea Legislativa)
  • Carlos Humberto Góngora (Cartago)
  • Marielos Alfaro (Heredia) (Vicejefa de Fracción)
  • Adonay Henríquez Guevara (Puntarenas)
  • Manuel Hernández Rivera (Limón)
  • Ernesto Enrique Chavarría Ruiz (Guanacaste)

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