Costa Rica. The municipal elections on February 7 were a big disappointment for the government party PAC (Citizens’ Action). Although the PAC retained power in the municipalities where they won in 2010, they were only eight of the country’s total 81 municipalities, while the largest opposition party PLN (National Liberation Party) won in 47 municipalities. On the other hand, PLN only won in three of the country’s seven provincial capitals, where they have so far dominated in five. Above all, they failed to win in the capital San José, where former party member Johnny Araya, excluded from the party in 2014, won for his small local party the Party Alliance for San José. Overall, small local parties took major steps forward; in total they won 29% of the valid votes.
According to countryaah, the current population of Costa Rica is 5,094,129. President Luís Guillermo Solís argued that the election result was not a reflection of public opinion about the government but warned that unless his proposal for tax reform went home with the opposition, the PAC could lose power in the next election and an opposition government would have to deal with a large budget deficit. The opposition dominated Congress and opposed tax reforms that are not accompanied by public sector remediation. Towards the end of the year, the government admittedly noted some success in reducing the budget deficit, which fell to 2.6% of GDP during the first half of the year. At the same time, economic growth for the year appeared to be high – 4.3% – which was above the average for the Central American countries.
According to thereligionfaqs, President Solí’s popularity dropped significantly during the year. In August it was reported that only 10% of voters thought he was doing a good job, the lowest figure for a sitting president so far.