It looks like the honeymoon is over for President Luis Guillermo Solís, who was elected last year by the biggest majority of any Costa Rican president in history, but whose lofty goals are now threatened by a worsening economy.

Evelyn Villarreal, a research analyst with the San José-based State of the Nation Program, spoke Feb. 10 at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson Center. She appeared on a panel with experts from El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama in an event titled “Latin America’s Electoral Cycle 2014-15.”

In her 20-minute presentation, Villarreal called Solís’ rise to the presidency “very atypical” for Costa Rica, considering only 8 percent of potential voters supported him in a December 2013 opinion poll, two months before the general election.


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