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May 8, 1990
An activist Costa Rican role on the world stage is expected to give way to a more domestic focus today when Rafael Calderon Fournier, the son of a former president, takes the oath of office in San Jose to succeed President Oscar Arias Sanchez. The event marks the country's ninth straight democratic transfer of power and consolidates a shift in the region to conservative civilian governments.
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May 8, 1990
An activist Costa Rican role on the world stage is expected to give way to a more domestic focus today when Rafael Calderon Fournier, the son of a former president, takes the oath of office in San Jose to succeed President Oscar Arias Sanchez. The event marks the country's ninth straight democratic transfer of power and consolidates a shift in the region to conservative civilian governments.
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May 8, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A 41-year-old lawyer from a prominent political family took over as president today in the long shadow of Oscar Arias Sanchez, who thrust this country into the global spotlight with his regional peace efforts. Incoming President Rafael Calderon Fournier acknowledged his predecessor's international renown but said he will concentrate on internal affairs--without giving short shrift to foreign policy.
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February 21, 1989
Costa Rica's ruling National Liberation Party nominated conservative economist Carlos Manuel Castillo, 60, as its presidential candidate for next year's election. With only 12% of the votes counted, engineer Roland Araya conceded defeat to Castillo, who was leading with 65% of the ballots. An estimated 350,000 members of the party voted. President Oscar Arias Sanchez was not permitted to support either candidate, and the constitution prohibits him from running for reelection.
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May 8, 1990 | From a Times Staff Writer
Barbara Bush may bring a friend when she gives a controversial commencement address June 1 at Wellesley College. The First Lady hinted Monday that she has asked Raisa Gorbachev to consider taking a side trip with her to the elite Massachusetts school while their husbands are locked in a summit in Washington. Barbara Bush, representing the United States at the inauguration of Costa Rican President Rafael Calderon Fournier, told reporters she received "a really nice letter from Mrs.
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May 8, 1990 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When President Oscar Arias Sanchez leaves office today, the front-row spectators will include a historic lineup: the prime minister of Belize and the presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. For the first time in Central America's 168 years of independence, the entire isthmus is governed by civilian leaders chosen in competitive elections. The inauguration of Arias' successor, Rafael Calderon Fournier, will bring them all together.
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