Though not new to politics, Laura Chinchilla Miranda is the first female president of Costa Rica, a new concept becoming more popular in Latin America. Prior to her running for president, Laura held the seat of the vice president, under Oscar Arias' presidency. As to be expected, she ran as the candidate for the National Liberation party (same as Oscar Arias). In October 2008, she left the Vice President seat, seeking a higher political chair.
Best known for her accomplishments in the security and police sectors, fight for human rights, and her desire for judicial reform, Laura Chinchilla has proven her political ability. In 1994 until 1996 she served as the Deputy Minister of Public Security and from 1996 until 1998 she served as the Minister of Public Safety. In addition to this, she was Chairman of the Joint Drug Intelligence Center, Chair of the National Immigration Council, member of the National Drug Council, National Security Council and the Academic Council of the National Police Academy.
Some of the other committees Laura was involved with, were Project Advisory Committee of Civil Society and Public Safety, the Central American Dialogue Foundation Arias for Peace and Human Progress, and the Foundation for Peace and Democracy (FUNPADEM).
Laura Chinchilla has written about many political subjects as well. She has written about topics such as police reform, judicial administration and public safety.
Career highlights of Laura include working in the public sector management as Deputy Minister of Public Security (1994 – 1996) and Minister of Public Safety (1996 to 1998). She was also Chairman of the Joint Drug Intelligence Center, Chair of the National Immigration Council, member of the National Drug Council, National Security Council and the Academic Council of the National Police Academy.
With Laura Chinchilla as president, you can expect to see a strong fight against drugs and police corruption, and a push for woman's equal rights and more national security. Following in Arias' shoes, Costa Rica may become more involved with free trade throughout the world as well.