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The former president held a press conference this morning as the latest totals show him with slightly less than 40 percent of the votes by party members. His opponent who is now the nominee is Antonio Álvarez Desanti. He had about 45 percent of the vote today, a figure that eliminates the need for a runoff.
He has been trying to win th enlimination for more than a decade.
Liberación Nacional hopes to wrest the presidency from the Partido Accion Ciudadana. Other parties will hold their internal nomination convention soon.
Álvarez has the support of the Arias brothers.