The Republic of Costa Rica under President Rodrigues (May 1999 to
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- New Costa Rican President Takes
- Cent-Am News, week of 24-30 May
1998. 58-year-old lawyer and economist Miguel Angel
Rodriguez assumed the presidency of Costa Rica. He will
serve through 2002.
- New Costa Rican President Promises
- Weekly News Update on the Americas, 17 May
1998. On May 8, lawyer and economist Miguel Angel
Rodriguez Echeverria of the Social Christian Unity Party
(PUSC) was sworn in as president, replacing Jose Maria
Figueres Olsen of the National Liberation Party
(PLN). Rodriguez plans to open the country up to more
trade and privatize many state-run institutions.
- US Invited to Install Regional Police
- By Nefer Munoz, IPS, 9 June 1999. U.S. experts would
provide drug enforcement training here to police officers,
judges and prosecutors from throughout the Americas. Costa
Rican Ambassador to Washington underlined that the
anti-drugs academy would be civilian rather than military
- All of Costa Rica in 5th Day of Strikes
Against Privatization of Utilities
- A-Infos News Service, 23 March 2000. Thousands of
demonstrators in a fourth day of protests against the
privatization of the state-run telecommunications and
electricity company, the Costa Rican Institute of
Electicity (ICE). The parliament approved a controversial
bill on 20 March that will allow private capital to buy
the state monopoly.
- Blow to Costa Rica government
- BBC News Online, 19 April 2000. A court in
Costa Rica has thrown out controversial government
proposals to partially privatise the country's
telecommunications and electricity industry. The plans led
to the worst unrest in Costa Rica for decades.
- Large Landholdings to Return, Warn
- By Néfer Muñoz, IPS, 3 May 2000. Costa Rica is
on the verge of serious agrarian conflict as unions and
peasants fight reform measures they say would return rural
lands to the hands of the wealthy few.