The presidential candidate of the National Liberation Party (PLN – Partido Liberación Nacional), Johnny Araya Monge, was on tour in Guanacaste, in Liberia on Friday, September 27th and Nicoya on Saturday the 28th.
A meeting was held at 10:00 AM at Hotel el Regalo in the city of Nicoya with a crowd of 300 people, accompanied by Juan Marin and Marta Arauz, parliamentary candidates for the province. Araya proposed a joint intervention to Nicoyans and Guanacastecans, to rescue the province from a lag in development.
Araya said that if the PLN wants to continue to represent true social democracy, it should give priority to the provinces of Puntarenas, Limón and Guanacaste, which are abandoned.
Topics such as tourism, unemployment and education were not emphasized much during his discourse, however; for him the priority will be agricultural activity: “I will be the first agronomist who is appointed president of Costa Rica in history, and as a specialist in agronomy I will renew the phrase of former President Luis Alberto Monge ‘Let’s return to the Earth,’ because we want Guanacaste to produce on a great scale in the context of food security, ” he said.
Araya hopes to win the next election in February 2014 and the results of polls suggest that he’ll be the clear winner, with a large lead over his competitors. The most recent survey, conducted by the firm UNIMER and published by the newspaper La Nación, indicates that the PLN ranks first with 27.5%, the social Christian Rodolfo Hernández follows with 10.6 %, the libertarian Otto Guevara ranks third in the preference of respondents with 9.7 %, and in fourth place is José María Villalta of the Frente Amplio (Broad Front) with 7.8%.
In that survey, Luis Guillermo Solís of PAC (Partido Accionista Ciudadana) appears the furthest behind with only 4.4%. Araya called for national unity and the importance of uniting the country and not working for a party but rather the country at large.