Laura Chinchilla sworn in as president of Costa Rica

11:36, May 09, 2010      

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Costa Rican new President Laura Chinchilla (1st R) attends her inauguration ceremony, in San Jose, capital of Costa Rica, May 8, 2010. Chinchilla became the first woman president of Costa Rica and the 54th dating from 1848. (Xinhua/Gabriela)

Laura Chinchilla was sworn in as president of Costa Rica on Saturday in a ceremony at La Sabana Metropolitan Park, San Jose, Costa Rica. Chinchilla is the country 's first female president in history.

At 11:39 a.m. local time (1739 GMT) Chinchilla put on the presidential sash of Costa Rica and kissed it. Prior to this, two new vice presidents of Costa Rica have been sworn in as well.

Presidents of Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Georgia, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Spain's Crown Prince Felipe attended the ceremony as honored guests. Li Bin, Director of National Population and Family Planning Commission of China, also attended the inauguration ceremony as a special envoy of the Chinese government.

Laura Chinchilla, the candidate of ruling party, won Costa Rica 's presidential election on Feb. 7, 2010 with 46.8 percent of votes. Her term will run from 2010 to 2014.

Source: Xinhua

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