Former Costa Rican president ready to run again -- if he can
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Former President Oscar Arias, who won a
Nobel Peace Prize for helping bring peace to the region, says he would
consider running again for Costa Rica's presidency if the constitution is
amended to permit it.
"Various friends have approached me and have proposed the idea. I am going
to consider it," Arias said in an interview broadcast Thursday night by local
television Channel 7.
A constitutional amendment in 1969 barred reelection to the four-year
Some politicians have proposed modifying the constitution to allow former
presidents to seek the office again after eight years out of power, though the
proposal faces an uphill battle in the single-house legislature.
"It is not fair that a voter cannot vote for his favorite only because
of the sin of
having been elected president," Arias said. "I know I would have the support
of Costa Ricans."
Arias won the Nobel Prize in 1987 for efforts to end Central America's
guerrilla conflicts and at age 59 he remains popular here.
A recent poll showed he was favored over all other prominent candidates
the 2002 election.
Since leaving office in 1990, Arias has run a private foundation.