Geopolitical & Socioeconomic

Costa Rican Election Analysis

  • Canning House, 126 Wigmore Street, London

Costa Rica is the first of many Latin American countries to have gone to the polls this year, with surprising results in the first round: neither candidate from the traditional PLN and PUSC parties secured enough votes to make it to the second round. In the run-off on 1st April, voters must choose between Carlos Alvarado Quesada of the ruling Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC), and Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz, an evangelical pastor representing the conservative National Restauration party (RN).

Costa Rica is the first of many Latin American countries to have gone to the polls this year, with surprising results in the first round: neither candidate from the traditional PLN and PUSC parties secured enough votes to make it to the second round. In the run-off on 1st April, voters must choose between Carlos Alvarado Quesada of the ruling Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC), and Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz, an evangelical pastor representing the conservative National Restauration party (RN).

With no candidate presenting a clear lead in the latest polls, and the major parties refusing to endorse either Alvarado Quesada or Alvarado Muñoz, the outcome of the run-off remains uncertain. This event will be an opportunity to analyse the significance of the final result, whatever it may be, for Costa Rica and Central America, as well as discuss some of the key issues that have shaped this election.

Canning House is delighted to welcome Victor Bulmer-Thomas, Honorary Professor at UCL Institute of the Americas and Honorary Vice-President of Canning House, and Giancarlo Morelli, economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit, to speak at this event. Sally Unwin OBE, Honorary Vice-President of Canning House, will chair this event.

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