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Legislaotr maintains protest in Legislative Assembly to say no to abortion

QCOSTARICA - It's been 12 days already for Nidia Céspedes, independent legislator, taking the floor of the Legislative Assembly in protest against the bill that aims to allow abortion in the country. The legislator first took the assembly floor on March 22. She survived attempts...

Bukele is on track to obtain a majority in the Congress of El Salvador

Q24N - The Nuevas Ideas (NI) party of President Nayib Bukele and partner Gran Alianza Nacional (GANA) party would obtain at least 56 of the 84 seats in the Congress of El Salvador, which would give them a qualified majority and great strength to...

New Congress building to be inaugurated

The new building of the Legislative Assembly, the seat of Costa Rica's unicameral Legislature will be inaugurated later this month. View to the south side, next to the Plaza de la Democracia.

Protesters set fire to the Guatemalan Congress

Q24N - Hundreds of Guatemalans burned Congress headquarters on Saturday in protest at the approval of the budget for 2021, the highest in the country's history, and called for the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei for endorsing it. The flames in the Legislative Palace were...

Puntarenas declares President Carlos Alvarado “persona non grata”

QCOSTARICA - On Monday night,  the Municipal Council of the Central Canton of the Province of Puntarenas declared President Carlos Alvarado "persona non grata" for having vetoed the shrimp trawler law approved by Congress. "We motioned for a firm agreement for lying to the people...

President signs law to reduce the 2021 Marchamo

QCOSTARICA - President Carlos Alvarado, signed on Friday the law reducing the vehicle property tax on the 2021 Marchamo, awith which he authorizes a reduction in the rate of the vehicle property tax. The signing took place at Casa Presidencial in the morning, log with...

Congress approves reduction in 2021 Marchamo

QCOSTARICA - As had been expected, Congress approved on Tuesday night the bill to reduce the property tax of vehicles of the 2021 Marchamo. By a majority vote, 43 in favor and none against, the bill was approved in first debate, after a marathon session...

Reduction in Marchamo pending

It is expected that this Tuesday, October 27, Congress will approve the reduction in the 2021 Marchamo.

Agreement between legislators: marchamo would drop only for vehicles of less than ¢15 million

QCOSTARICA - Legislators from different political parties reached an agreement on Monday, October 26, to reduce the property tax portion of the 2021 Marchamo, only for vehicles with a fiscal value less than ¢15 million colones. While the Legislative building being closed due to a...

Disinfecting the “Concrete Box”

QCOSTARICA - Thursday afternoon, October 22, 2020, the Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly or Congress building - I call the "concrete box" became a superspreader of the coronavirus, with more than 50 cases confirmed, forcing a halt to the day's legislative session and a shut...

14 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in new Congress building

QCOSTARICA - Fourteen officials of the Legislative Assembly were diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday. The cases resulted in a temporary suspension of functions, including legislative commission, until October 31. The outbreak occurred between the Legal, Economic, Government, and Administration committees, during the move to the new...

Venezuela opposition denounces ‘parliamentary coup’

Venezuela’s government on Sunday announced that a dissident opposition politician and rival to Juan Guaido had been named the new head of congress, a move opposition leaders have denounced as a “parliamentary coup.” Guaido unsuccessfully tried to enter the legislative palace by leaping over a fence Troops with...

Carlos Benavdies Elected President Of The Legislature

The election of Carlos Ricardo Benavides as the new president of the Legislative Assembly for the period 2019-2020 went smoothly this Wednesday, May 1, obtaining 40 of the 57 votes thanks to a multi-party agreement between the PLN, PAC and RN. Meanwhile, contender Erwen Masís...

May 1st in Costa Rica

Today is May 1, a public holiday in Costa Rica, celebrating the Día Internacional de los Trabajadores - International Workers' Day, also known as Labor Day in some countries. The day is also an important day for government activities. Traditionally on this day, the President of...

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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