Social Christian Unity Party

Social Christian Unity Party

The Social Christian Unity Party ("Partido de Unidad Socialcristiana") is a political party in Costa Rica.

PUSC considers itself a Christian Democratic Party and, as such, is a member of the Christian Democrat and People's Parties International.

2002 election

In the legislative elections held on 3 February 2002, the party won 29.8% of the popular vote and 19 out of 57 seats. In the presidential election, held concurrently with the legislative vote, its candidate, Abel Pacheco de la Espriella won 38.6% of the vote. He was subsequently elected to the presidency in a runoff election on 7 April with 58.0% of the vote.

Corruption scandals

During Pacheco's presidency, news media revealed corruption scandals regarding former presidents Miguel Angel Rodríguez Echeverría, and Rafael Angel Calderón Fournier which costed greatly to the Party in the next election (see below).

2006 election

In the 2006 general election, PUSC presidential candidate Ricardo Toledo secured around 3.5% of the national vote.

In the 5 February 2006 parliamentary election, the party won 5 out of 57 seats.

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