Abstention a challenge in Costa Rica's election

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Associated Press

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 5 at 8:03 PM

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Nobody stands between Luis Solis and the presidency of Costa Rica.

The center-leftist's only rival in Sunday's runoff dropped out of the race last month, leaving Solis one chief remaining challenge: That's getting enough Costa Ricans to the polls to give him a respectable vote total.

Solis has vowed a more activist government that focuses on building up small and medium-sized local businesses while strengthening social and environmental programs in a country long considered the most stable in Central America.

Solis will have to negotiate to get his policies through Congress. His party holds just 13 of the 57 seats in the National Assembly.

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