New Costa Rica president pledges cooperation with all parties

11:40, May 09, 2010      

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Newly-elected President Laura Chinchilla was sworn in as Costa Rica's first female president on Saturday, pledging cooperation with all parties and citizens.

"Leadership consists in crafting agreements," she said in her acceptance speech.

"Costa Rica is our shared home, and no one should seek a monopoly on the truth."

Chinchilla, candidate of the ruling National Liberation Party (PLN), won Costa Rica's presidential election on Feb. 7 with 46.8 percent of the vote. Her four-year term runs from 2010 to 2014.

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

Chinchilla was mentored by Noble Prize laureate Oscar Arias, who left the presidency on Saturday. In the late 1980s, Arias helped broker an end to civil wars across the Central American region.

Costa Rica's new president is expected to continue the economic policies implemented by Arias, which included integrating more closely with the United States and slashing trade barriers. The policies sparked some protests in the country, and the swearing-in ceremony was picketed by trade unions expressing opposition to this.

Source: Xinhua


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