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Four judges reprimanded over Chinese cement scandal

Four judges from Costa Rica’s Supreme Court (CSJ) were reprimanded for “serious misconduct” after dismissing a case against legislators related to influence peddling in...

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.”

Costa Rican legislator praises Trump’s tactics as he eyes new presidential bid

Libertarian lawmaker and former presidential candidate Otto Guevara says he'll decide next year whether to run for president, but that his party should learn a few things from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's playbook.

Public Security minister says he’ll resign if not given more funds for policing

Costa Rica's National Police force currently has some 14,000 officers. Public Security Ministry Gustavo Mata says there should be at least 18,000.

Supreme Court rules prison sentences in animal welfare bill unconstitutional

Animal rights groups plan to file a request Thursday before the Supreme Elections Tribunal to hold a referendum on the animal welfare bill.

Libertarians propose Caja insurance bill for workers earning less than minimum wage

In order to offer basic insurance with the Caja, current laws provide only a minimum monthly wage of ₡185,488 ($345). Caja uses this figure to calculate monthly insurance fees for workers even if they earn less than that. The law does not allow for coverage for temporary workers.

Costa Rican lawmakers pass 2015 budget without a single cut in spending

After five hours of negotiations and heated discussions, 27 of 49 lawmakers at 8:10 p.m. voted to pass President Luis Guillermo Solís' budget proposal for next year, in an unorthodox Saturday session at the Legislative Assembly.

Budget talks extend to Saturday after lawmakers fail to reach deal

Budget talks ended in a stalemate Thursday at the Legislative Assembly, with Assembly Vice President Marcela Guerrero adjourning the session at 6 p.m. without a deal. Costa Rica's Constitution states that legislators must pass next year's budget by Nov. 30, meaning that lawmakers will have to work Saturday toward a second and final round of voting.

Costa Rican lawmakers reject 2015 budget, Assembly president passes it anyway

In a tight 25-26 vote, lawmakers on Monday afternoon voted in a first round of debate against the proposed national budget for next year in a hectic session marked by controversy and heated exchanges.

Johnny Araya’s and Otto Guevara’s campaigns overspend in the last election

The National Liberation Party spent $1.85 million more than it can cover in the last election, while the Libertarian Movement Party found itself in a $794,000 hole.

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