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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 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...

2006-02-05 17:48:47

By John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Fed up with scandal, Costa Rica voted for a new leader on Sunday with Nobel laureate and former president Oscar Arias favored to return to power in the Central American nation. Arias, 65, a free-market moderate, has held a commanding lead in polls for months, unscathed by the kickback scandals that have rocked a nation that prides itself on being a cut above the rest of the region. Costa Rica, which abolished its army almost 60 years...

2006-02-02 16:25:02

(Correcting name in next to last paragraph.) By John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Upset at a rash of corruption scandals, Costa Rican voters are likely to usher Nobel laureate and former president Oscar Arias back into power in elections on Sunday. Polls give Arias, a 65-year-old free market moderate, a commanding lead in the presidential race in a nation that prides itself on being a cut above the rest in Central America. Costa Rica, which does not have an army, was...

2006-02-02 15:23:19

By John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Upset at a rash of corruption scandals, Costa Rican voters are likely to usher Nobel laureate and former president Oscar Arias back into power in elections on Sunday. Polls give Arias, a 65-year-old free market moderate, a commanding lead in the presidential race in a nation that prides itself on being a cut above the rest in Central America. Costa Rica, which does not have an army, was stable while many of its neighbors were...

2006-01-20 14:13:34

By John McPhaul SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize winner and Costa Rica's former president Oscar Arias is widely tipped to return to power in February elections as voters turn to an untarnished icon after a slew of corruption scandals. Arias, a 65-year-old free market moderate, has a commanding lead and all polls show him easily winning more than 40 percent support, the threshold needed for a first round victory in the February 5 vote. Arias says he decided to run...


Word of the Day
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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