The Threat of The Political Left in Costa Rica

The rise in the polls of José María Villalta, presidential candidate of the Frente Amplio party in Costa Rica, sparks concern among businessmen.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The business sector of the country expressed concern after a poll carried out by Unimer showed that the leftist presidential candidate has, today, between 17% and 22% of voter intentions in the country.

Although the results of the survey have not yet outlined any of the candidates as a clear favorite, the rapid rise that Villalta has had has generated unrest among Costa Rican businessmen.

Jaime Molina, President of the Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Enterprise said to "It's not really fear, it is worry, What the Frente Amplio has demonstrated over four years in the Legislature is systematically holding positions that go against the private sector, that's what we read, that's what has happened, that's the reality. "

"What can one expect from this country? Countries with governments of this kind (socialism) have not fared well overall in Latin America, perhaps some having corrected their path as in the example of Nicaragua, but not on the side that it should be, which is on the side of competitiveness , employment generation," said the senior businessman in an article in

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