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SAN JOSÉ — Laura Chinchilla of the governing National Liberation Party (PLN) will be the first female president of Costa Rica and the ninth in the history of Latin America.
Chinchilla, who won a landslide victory in Sunday's elections in this Central American country, thus follows in the footsteps of former President Isabel Perón (1974-1976) and current President Cristina Fernández of Argentina, Violeta Chamorro (1990-1997) in Nicaragua, Mireya Moscoso (1999-2004) in Panama and President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, whose term began in 2006 and ends Mar. 11.
Other women who briefly held the presidency were Lidia Gueiler Tejada, acting president of Bolivia from 1979 to 1980, Ertha Pascal Trouillot, who governed Haiti in 1990-1991, and Rosalía Arteaga, who was interim president of Ecuador for just six days after Abdalá Bucarám was ousted in 1997.