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The candidates for the Presidency of Costa Rica held their last debate on Tuesday ahead of the elections on Sunday, February 6, in which they established their positions on the main issues on the national agenda.


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In general, the topics discussed were the future of the Costa Rican Oil Refinery (Recope), the Escazú agreement, Costa Rica's incorporation into the Pacific Alliance and the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Regarding the fate of Recope, the debate was polarized between those who supported its closure due to the cost of fuel and its facilities, as well as those who considered that it should remain if the taxes were withdrawn.

Regarding the Escazú agreement, which is an international treaty signed by 24 countries on protocols for the protection of the environment, the applicants simply mentioned their positions.

On the other hand, with the incorporation of Costa Rica to the Pacific Alliance, most of the candidates agreed. They argue that the similarity of Costa Rica with the countries that make up the alliance would prevent the maximum exploitation of commercial activity, and would harm national companies.

In the case of the agreement with the IMF, the majority was inclined to reach a renegotiation that would allow the elimination of the new taxes, reduce expenses, fight against fraud, restructure the public debt and make the fiscal rule more flexible.

Finally, the update of the Opinion Study of political culture and public opinion of the Center for Research and Political Studies (CIEP-UCR), reported that the number of people undecided for the elections has fallen to 32 percent compared to the 41 announced on January 25.

According to the polls, the favorite candidates are: José María Figueres of the National Liberation Party (PLN), Lineth Saborío of the Christian Social Unity (PSUC) and Fabricio Alvarado of the New Republic (PNR).

Costa Ricans will vote on Sunday in general elections that, according to most polls, would be defined in a ballot in April because none of the more than 20 presidential candidates would obtain the 40% of the votes necessary to achieve victory in the first round.

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