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2006-03-07 20:20:00

By John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Costa Rica's president-elect vowed on Tuesday to get a free trade pact with the United States through Congress despite barely winning last month's election and failing to get a legislative majority. Speaking shortly after he was formally declared the winner of the February 5 vote, Oscar Arias told opponents of the U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA, he would not back down to promised street protests. "You should not have the...

2006-03-03 23:14:46

By John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - The opponent of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Oscar Arias conceded defeat on Friday in Costa Rica's presidential election after weeks of bickering following an extremely close vote count. Otton Solis of the Citizen Action Party conceded that Arias, president of Costa Rica in the late 1980s, had won the February 5 election. Solis had challenged results giving Arias a narrow victory but gave up the fight after electoral authorities...

2006-02-22 21:30:23

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - A recount in Costa Rica's February 5 presidential election appears to give a narrow victory to former President Oscar Arias, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, but the winner will not be declared until complaints over alleged irregularities are resolved. The president of the country's Supreme Elections Tribunal, Oscar Fonseca, said on Wednesday that more than 500 complaints lodged by political parties must be settled before a winner can be announced. He...

2006-02-10 16:37:01

By John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Costa Rica is embroiled in its most contested election of modern times but unlike other Latin American countries where upheaval is rife, the quiet Central American nation is expected to sail through. A small country with no army, Costa Rica has gone about its daily business with little fuss since Nobel Peace laureate Oscar Arias tied with Otton Solis, his former planning minister, in last Sunday's election. Both candidates won just...

2006-02-07 18:34:05

By John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - A U.S. free trade pact with Central America, already delayed by a legal wrangle, has run into further trouble at presidential elections in Costa Rica where voters punished the main pro-trade candidate. Costa Rica's electoral board began a recount on Tuesday of the vote from the weekend, which ended with a near dead heat despite opinion polls showing free trade advocate Oscar Arias would win easily. Arias, a former president who...

2006-02-06 12:56:40

By Chris Aspin and John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Battered by government scandals, Costa Rica slid further into uncertainty on Monday when a presidential election that could decide the future of a trade deal with Washington was gridlocked. Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias, a former president, was tied with Otton Solis, and an electoral official said it could take more than a week before a winner was declared. With votes from 85 percent of polling centers counted in...

2006-02-06 01:51:56

By Chris Aspin SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Costa Rica's Nobel Peace laureate Oscar Arias, a former president who backs a free trade pact with the United States, clung to a tiny lead in a cliffhanger presidential election on Sunday, With results from half of polling stations counted, social democrat Arias had 40.7 percent of the vote against 40.3 percent for Otton Solis, who was once his planning minister. Supporters of both men nervously watched computer screens in their party...

2006-02-05 23:04:44

By Chris Aspin SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Nobel Peace laureate Oscar Arias narrowly led Costa Rica's presidential election on Sunday, but it was unclear if he would win a return to power at the first try or have to face a runoff. The first official results showed Arias slightly ahead with 41 percent of the votes, just above the 40 percent needed to clinch a first-round victory His main rival Otton Solis, a former planning minister, was at 40 percent after votes from 22 percent...

2006-02-05 22:53:29

By Chris Aspin SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Nobel Peace laureate Oscar Arias narrowly led Costa Rica's presidential election on Sunday, but it was unclear if he would win a return to power at the first try or have to face a runoff. The first official results showed Arias slightly ahead with 41 percent of the votes, just above the 40 percent needed to clinch a first-round victory His main rival Otton Solis, a former planning minister, was at 40 percent after votes from 22 percent...

2006-02-05 20:55:08

By Chris Aspin SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president Oscar Arias won Costa Rica's presidential election on Sunday and is likely to avoid a second round of voting in April, TV exit polls showed. Arias, a 65-year-old social democrat, garnered 45 percent of the votes, above the 40 percent required for a first-round victory, surveys for two television channels said. Otton Solis, a former planning minister, trailed Arias. One poll gave him 26...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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