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President Chosen After Unheard-Of Runoff Poll

April 08, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Abel Pacheco was elected president in an election that made history as Costa Rica's first runoff.

With more than 90% of the vote counted, Pacheco had 58% compared with Rolando Araya's 42%.

In February, neither garnered the 40% needed to win. The spoiler, Otton Solis, a dissident from Araya's party, grabbed 27% of the vote then.

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