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Two Young Women Will Lead Congress

  Women will set the tone for the first year of the new Legislative Assembly (Congress), with the election of Carolina Hidalgo Herrera, as president of the six-member multiparty legislative body that includes five women. Hidalgo, 35, from San Ramon, and currently living in Alajuela, is...

Tax Reforms To Suffer New Impasse

Today, Monday, the tax reform bill "Ley de Fortalecimiento de las finanzas públicas' will suffer a new impasse: a pause in the legislative process to make way for the new Legislative Assembly that forms on May 1. On April 30, the current crop of legislators...

US Ambassador to Guatemala Calls Congressmen “Idiots” for Hiring Firm to Improve US Relations

(Q24N) United States Ambassador to Guatemala Todd Robinson openly criticized Congressmen in Guatemala who hired a lobbying firm to help them improve relations with the United States. Now, the congressmen want an apology. “There are four idiots in congress,” Robinson originally said. “I have worked...

Statehood for Puerto Rico? Lessons from the last time the US added a star to its flag

On June 11, Puerto Ricans will vote on statehood. Even if Puerto Rico votes “yes,” Congress must still pass a law in order to change the island’s legal status from that of a commonwealth to a state. Congress, however, seems likely to drag its feet....

Costa Rica Looks “Brighter Now”, says President Solis

Q COSTA RICA - Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solis begins his last year in office saying it's not what people expected with the changes promised during his campaign three years ago, but the country is better off now though he still faces the...

Cats Overrun Costa Rica’s Legislature

Nobody knows how many there are in total or where they came from, but they have been seen regularly in and around the Legislative Assembly building. Some days are just a couple, sometimes four cats, others times five and seven. One cat even gave...

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