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Libertarian Movement (Costa Rica)

Libertarian Movement Party
Founded May 1994
Ideology Classical liberalism
Conservatism[1][2]
Regional affiliation Liberal Network for Latin America (Relial)
Colours Red
Legislative Assembly
4 / 57
Website
.com.movimientolibertariowww
Politics of Costa Rica
Political parties
Elections

The Libertarian Movement Party (Spanish: Partido Movimiento Libertario; PML) is a political party based on classical liberalism in Costa Rica.

It was founded in May 1994 and has since enjoyed a number of victories. It succeeded in getting attorney Otto Guevara elected to the Legislative Assembly in its first campaign in 1998. In 2002, Guevara ran for president (unsuccessfully, 1.7% of the vote), and the party at the legislative elections won 9.3% of the popular vote and 6 out of 57 seats. A few weeks after taking office, one Congressman left the party and became independent, leaving PML with five seats. In 2006, Guevara again ran for president (unsuccessfully, 8.4% of the vote), and the party at the legislative elections won 9.1% of the popular vote and 6 out of 57 seats. In the 2010 general election Guevara was again the PML's presidential candidate and received 20% of the popular vote.

In its 2014 electoral campaign, the party has taken a more socially conservative position, totally opposing the legalisation of abortion[2] and rejecting the right of homosexual couples to marry.[3]

Contents

  • Purpose 1
  • Policy positions 2
  • Congressional representation 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Purpose

The party claims to represent hundreds of thousands of Costa Rican citizens from all walks of life, tired of politics, parties, traditional politicians, and the country's deteriorating situation.

Policy positions

  • Moderate intervention of the State in health, education, infrastructure and other areas
  • Break up of all of the state-owned monopolies and eliminate legal barriers on private economic activities
  • Provide a low flat tax for the income produced within the country, eliminate many of the current taxes
  • Free trade – eliminate tariffs and barriers to the entry of goods
  • Freedom to choose the currency that consenting individuals want
  • Freedom to choose your own doctor within the social security system
  • Strengthen individual pension accounts
  • Freedom of parents to choose schools through vouchers
  • Respect for private property
  • Reduction of the participation of government in the economy
  • Freedom of speech and press
  • Respect for the religious beliefs (or lack thereof) of the people
  • Transfer of responsibility from central government to local governments[4]

Congressional representation

[5]

  • Mirna Patricia Pérez Hegg (San José)
  • Damaris Quintana Porras (San José)
  • Danilo Cubero Corrales (Alajuela) (Jefe de Fracción)
  • Mireya Zamora (Alajuela) (Primera Secretaria de la Asamblea Legislativa)
  • Carlos Humberto Góngora (Cartago)
  • Marielos Alfaro (Heredia) (Vicejefa de Fracción)
  • Adonay Henríquez Guevara (Puntarenas)
  • Manuel Hernández Rivera (Limón)
  • Ernesto Enrique Chavarría Ruiz (Guanacaste)

References

  1. ^ Sanchez, María Isabel (2 February 2014), "No clear frontrunner as Costa Ricans vote for new president", Digital Journal 
  2. ^ a b "Liberal and conservative ideologies clashed in first official presidential debate", Inside Costa Rica, 6 January 2014 
  3. ^ "¿Ha sido consistente Guevara frente al matrimonio gay?". El Financiero. 
  4. ^ http://www.tse.go.cr/pdf/normativa/estatutos/movimientolibertario.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.asamblea.go.cr

External links

  • Movimiento Libertario Official Site
  • RELIAL Network of Latin America Libertarian/Classical Liberal Organizations
  • Reason Magazine interview with Otto Guevara
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