Profile: Costa Rica's First Woman President
    2010-05-09 03:03:05     Xinhua      Web Editor: Chu Daye
 

Costa Rica's President-elect Laura Chinchilla Miranda was sworn-in Saturday. She becomes the country' s first woman president, whose term runs from 2010 to 2014.

On Feb. 7, as a candidate of the ruling National Liberation Party, Chinchilla won the presidential election with 46.8 percent of the votes from 67.9 percent of the votes counted by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. Under the country's constitution, a candidate is required to gain at least 40 percent of the popular votes to win outright.

The Following is the profile of the first woman president.

Chinchilla, born on March 28, 1959 in San Jose, majored in political science at the University of Costa Rica in 1977. She got a master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1986 and returned to Costa Rica in 1989. She later started her professional career as a consultant.

She became vice minister of public security in 1994, and the first female minister of public security from 1996 to 1998. Chinchilla was elected member of the Legislative Assembly in 2002 and in 2006 she became vice president for President Oscar Arias.

In November 2008, Chinchilla resigned as vice president to run for presidency. With 43.8 percent of supports from her National Liberation Party, she became a presidential candidate for her party.

Chinchilla campaigned on a platform promising more jobs, better living standards for children and senior citizens, crackdown on drug trafficking and other crimes.

She was married with one son.

Chinchilla assumes Costa Rica's presidency amid a recovery from an economic crisis with a fiscal deficit that is forecast to reach 5 percent this year. She has promised to fight crime and continue the social programs implemented by her predecessor.

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