Liberácion did better than Araya in the legislative contest

Though presidential candidate Johnny Araya slipped in the initial voting, his party, Liberácion Nacional, led the way in votes for the Asamblea Legislativa. The party received 25.52 percent of the popular votes to put 18 members in the assembly, edging out Acción Ciudadana’s 14 diputados.

The Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica consists of 57 diputados who represent the seven major provinces. Liberación Nacional regains the majority of seats after holding nearly half of them since 2010. However, these numbers could change as Congress votes will be recounted after the presidential tally. The seats are awarded proportional to the vote totals posted in each province.

In San José, Acción Ciudadana representatives outnumbered Liberácion Nacional in a six to five margin, mirroring the pattern for the presidential voting. 

A pair of presidential candidates, Otto Guevara of Movimento Libertario and Óscar López of the Partido Accesibilidad sin Exclusión, will represent their respective parties on the assembly.

Leftist party Frente Amplio won nine seats, while Unidad Social Cristiana garnered eight. 

Because of the pending recount and second round for the presidential elections, the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones has a maximum of two months to review the assembly election.

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