Weekly Report - 3 May 2005

COSTA RICA: Pacheco's last year looks grey

The warning shot from the legislature came on 1 May, when Gerardo González, of the ruling Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (Pusc) was re-elected president of congress with a slender two-vote majority - and that was after Luis Ramí­rez of the opposition Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) decided not to run for the post. The only remaining rival, Peter Guevara of the Movimiento Libertario, failed to muster the 29 votes needed to win. In this desultory contest, the vice-presidency of congress went to Juan José Vargas, who won his seat on the ticket of the Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) but later defected to become an independent and is now seeking the presidential nomination of the small Patria Primero party.

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