National Liberation Party (Costa Rica)
|National Liberation Party
Partido Liberación Nacional
|International affiliation||Socialist International|
|Colours||Green and White|
The PLN was founded by José Figueres in 1951, following the end of the Costa Rican Civil War. It soon became one of the most important in the country. In 2002, for the first time in history, it lost its second consecutive election. The party won only 27.1% of the popular vote and 17 out of 57 seats. At the presidential elections of the same date, its candidate, Rolando Araya Monge won 31.0% (the worst showing ever for the party) of the vote and was defeated in the run off election by Abel Pacheco.
In the February 5, 2006 parliamentary election, the party won 25 out of 57 seats. Its candidate at the presidential election of the same day, Óscar Arias won 40.92% and was elected. In the Costa Rican general election, 2010, Laura Chinchilla, the previous Vice-President, and the PLN candidate won the election with an initial count of 47%. Nowadays, the PLN is losing the trust of a great part of Costarrican population. Statistics from an important newspaper of the country shows that the PLN has been failing in its government issues and had been even a warnings of a coup against the way of government.
- Socialist International list of members. Socialistinternational.org. Retrieved on 2012-08-10.
- Se desploma calificación sobre labor de presidenta Chinchilla – EL PAÍS – La Nación. Nacion.com (2012-04-26). Retrieved on 2012-08-10.
- Sueño totalitario – OPINIÓN – La Nación. Nacion.com (2012-05-21). Retrieved on 2012-08-10.
- Elisabeth Malkin (February 8, 2010). "Costa Rica: Female Leader Elected". New York Times. Retrieved February 10, 2010.
- Official website (in Spanish)
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