Job generation, economic revival and populations in need were the issues discussed by Chaves and Figueres, following a political campaign full of personal attacks, which now the president-elect called to leave hatred behind and highlighted the common points of their political parties.
Chaves, of the Social Democratic Progress Party (PPSD), founded in 2018, won Sunday’s presidential runoff with 52.84 percent of the votes, while former President Figueres (1994-1998), of the National Liberation Party (PLN), got 47.16 percent.
He commented that they talked about the urgent need for the economic revival, a collaboration agenda, and the pending inclusion of groups such as people with disabilities, indigenous populations and the elderly.
Figueres referred that he requested the meeting with the president-elect and came representing more than 900,000 Costa Ricans who supported him to congratulate the president-elect and to place himself at his disposal to work for Costa Rica.
Due to that the PPSD has only 10 of 57 legislators to the Legislative Assembly, it needs alliances to fulfill its Government plan and hence, the rapprochement with the PLN, which has the largest parliamentary group, with 19 seats.
And although Chaves used an anti-system language in his political campaign, he promised in his Sunday victory speech to govern in a democratic way and with respect to the Political Constitution.