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The perfect way NOT to use a mask

(QCOSTARICA) A large group of mayors, unionists and municipal workers gathered outside the Legislative Assembly today (Tuesday), in downtown San Jose, demanding legislators approve the "Law to support the local taxpayer and strengthen the financial management of the municipalities in the face of the...

Electric Train Progresses in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) The government on Monday (May 4) presented to the Legislative Assembly the draft law of the loan contract with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), which will be used for the construction of the Passenger Electric Train of the Great Metropolitan...

New Legislative Building Design Comes Under Criticism

The expressions that Costa Ricans use to refer to the new Legislative Assembly building, which is currently being built on the north side of the Plaza de la Democracia, are incalculable. From the  “réplica del sarcófago de Chernobil” (replica of the Chernobyl sarcophagus), “caja de...

President Alvarado laughs it off being compared to Ortega and Maduro

While taking part in the Marcha de la Diversida (Gay Pride March) in downtown San Jose Sunday afternoon, Costa Rica president Carlos Alvarado Quesada, rejected the comparisons with the dictators in Nicaragua and Venezuela; Daniel Ortega and Nicolás Maduro, respectively. The prez also rejected the...

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...

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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