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LatinNews Daily - 22 November 2019

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In brief: Costa Rica’s congress approves 2020 state budget

* Costa Rica’s 57-member unicameral naional congress has approved the state budget for 2020 for C10,510bn (US$18.1bn), 4.3% less than the amount approved for 2019. Despite congressional approval, the budget initiative has a question mark over it due to the constitutional court considering appeals filed by 13 deputies with regard to cuts to social programmes among other things. If the court accepts the appeals, the executive led by President Carlos Alvarado will have to make changes.