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President of Legislature Miffed Over Ash Wednesday Mass During Working Hours

The president of the Legislative Assembly, Carolina Hidalgo, expressed her displeasure over the Catholic Church's Ash Wednesday mass taking place in the Salón de Expresidentes (Ex-president's hall), on Wednesday, during working hours, without the proper permission. For his part, Catholic priest Sergio Valverde denounced the...

Fabricio Alvarado resigns from National Restoration and founds new party for upcoming elections

He would have been president, today he is without a party. Tomorrow he will have a new one. Fabricio Alvarado, presidential candidate in 2018, announced Tuesday his resignation from the Partido Restauración Nacional (PRN), a party he claims it does not welcome him, to...

Fuerza Publica keeps road closed despite there being no protesters in Cuesta de Moras

Though the early Monday afternoon rains on downtown San Jose dispered the hundreds of protesters in the area of the Legislative Assembly, khnown as Cuesta de Moras, a lone Fuerza Publica (National Police) vehicle closed off traffic.

Nicaragua Slashes Budget Due To Socio-Political Unrest

The Asamblea Nacional de Nicaragua (Nicaragua’s National Assembly) on Tuesday approved a drastic cut to the national budget because of the economic impact of months of anti-government unrest. The legislators approved a 9.2% reduction of the Ley Anual de Presupuesto General de la República 2018...

Evangelicals Make Up A Quarter of Costa Rica’s New Legislative Assembly

While the new government of Carlos Alvarado won't be starting their work until May 8, Costa Rica's new Legislative Assembly will formally begin work on Tuesday, May 1, Labor Day - a national holiday in Costa Rica - with 14 of its 57 new...

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...

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...

Otto’s Crew Take Control Of Congress: Stopping The Government’s Tax Plan High On Their Agenda

Q COSTA RICA / The fate of President Luis Guillermo Solis' proposed tax plan that would see increases in taxes, is now in the control of Otto Guevara and his fellow Movimiento Libertario (ML) party legislators, with the election of Jose Alberto Alfaro as...

Legislators Take Up To 9 Years To Process A Law

(QCOSTARICA) It takes an average of 700 days or 23 months for a bill to move through the Legislative process and become law. Between May 1, 2002 and 2015, legislators approved 1.015 bills that became law, according to data provided by the Department of Parliamentary...

Opposition Bloc Takes Control of Legislature

QCOSTARICA - The ability of the government to approve new taxes, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and gay marriages in this second year was diluted with the election PUSC legislator Rafael Ortiz to chair the Legislative Assembly for the 2015-2016 session. With Ortiz, the government and...

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