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October 20, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Legislators divided over plan to donate money set aside for elections to storm victims
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Costa Rican election will be held on Feb.4, 2007.

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new bill seeks to transfer half of the money set aside for election campaigns to the reconstruction of areas damaged by the storm Nate has divided between political parties

The plan was voted for in the Committee for Financial Affairs despite the opposition of the legislators of the Partido Liberación Nacional and the lawmaker from Partido Unidad Social Cristiana, Rosibel Ramos.

The initiative came from the Frente Amplio legislator Frank Camacho, and states that some of the monies to be given to political parties pass to the funding of the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias.

The Camacho said this action shows a commitment to the reconstruction effort.

The amount fixed for the political debt is ¢25,029,906,960, so the money that would be transferred through would be just over ¢12 billion.

Although considered noble, the presidential candidate Antonio Alvarez said the initiative is not legally viable because the debt is a commitment of the state to the groups that will participate in the elections of 2018. Desanti added that a reform such as this is not viable when the campaign has already started.



The presidential candidate of the Alianza Democrática Cristiana, Mario Redondo, said he agrees with the idea which seeks to heal the nation through productive activities.

The lawyer of the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones, Gustavo Román, said that this is an unprecedented proposal and that the Tribunal would have the task of conducting a legal analysis of its feasibility.


The official said that once the electoral campaign began there was no room for such reforms. However, he added that the respective study is necessary once a decision is taken in the Asamblea Legislativa.

Camacho said that those who oppose his initiative had no problem cutting down ¢ 40 billion from the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia.

The initiative approved in the Hacendarios commission must now go the Plenary, where the congressmen will debate whether it should be approved or not.


Vacations made US Ambassador fall in love with Costa Rica
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Once she spent holidays in Costa Rica, Sharon Day fell in love with Costa Rica.

This was admitted by the US representative in a video where she was introduced to the Costa Rican people. She said she met the country as a tourist on a fabulous family vacation.

On a more serious note, she explained that among her objectives is to maintain cooperation between the two countries in the field of regional security.

She also said that she, along with her husband, will use her commercial skills to set up an insurance company and thus attract more foreign investment.

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    Sharon Day during one of the many rallies held by the Republican Party.
Day noted that she grew up in Texas and considers herself as a family woman. 



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