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President of Costa Rica seeks to strengthen government after resignations due to private data scandal

The president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, announced on Wednesday an effort to strengthen governance in response to a scandal over suspicions of breach of private information that caused several resignations in his cabinet.

How Juan Diego Castro is turning Costa Rica upside down

The evolution of an unprecedented candidate in 10 paragraphs.

Citizen Action Party nominates presidential candidate for 2018

A journalist and political scientist, Carlos Alvarado Quesada said that the struggle to keep his party in Casa Presidencial “has just began.”

The conversation Costa Rica should be having this election year

The 2018 elections should open the door for some much-needed conversations in Costa Rica. Is this likely? No, but Alvaro Murillo won't give up hope.

Why are Costa Ricans voting? Because they can

Municipal elections in Costa Rica have struggled with low turnout in the past but those who did vote said they did so out of a sense of patriotic obligation.

When ‘politician’ is a dirty word

Politicians, who often accuse others of undermining their work, should be the first ones to realize that their words and statements have an impact. Serious damage is done when we make “politician” into an insult or, even worse, something that looks like a crime on someone’s résumé.

Solís becomes Costa Rica’s 47th president amid high expectations for change

Historian and political scientist Luis Guillermo Solís on Thursday became the 47th president of Costa Rica amid high expectations for change from voters who want corruption rooted out of politics and more policies to reduce social inequality.

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla’s final speech: Light on achievements, heavy on blame

In her last major public speech before leaving office, Costa Rica’s Laura Chinchilla spoke for nearly three hours Thursday night about the perception of her presidency, her administration’s strategies and achievements, and the country’s continued progress in democracy and social development. But on her administration’s many failures, it was mostly finger pointing.

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