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Enrique Andres Pretel

Trailblazers 'pay a price' says Costa Rica's first black woman VP

Apr 26 2018

SAN JOSE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Epsy Campbell has ambitious plans to cut the gender pay gap and tackle violence against women in Costa Rica but - as its first black female vice president - she does not expect an easy ride.

Costa Rica center-left easily wins presidency in vote fought on gay rights

Apr 02 2018

SAN JOSE The center-left's Carlos Alvarado Quesada decisively defeated a conservative Protestant singer in Costa Rica's presidential runoff election on Sunday by promising to allow gay marriage, protecting the country's reputation for tolerance.

Costa Rica's young president-elect wins pitching progressive values

Apr 02 2018

SAN JOSE Costa Rica's President-elect Carlos Alvarado Quesada ran up a bigger-than-expected margin of victory in Sunday's runoff election, leading a progressive coalition to beat back a stiff run from a Christian conservative singer.

Photo finish beckons for Costa Rican election fought on gay rights

Mar 29 2018

SAN JOSE Conservative Christian singer Fabricio Alvarado Munoz is in a tight race with his center-left ruling party rival ahead of a run-off on Sunday to decide Costa Rica's presidential election, their campaigns driven by dueling views on gay rights.Alvarado Munoz, a 43-year-old former television host, shot to the top of the polls in January soon after denouncing a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that month which called for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Costa Rican ruling party presidential contender vows to cut deficit

Mar 27 2018

SAN JOSE Costa Rica's ruling party presidential candidate says he will slash the country's growing fiscal deficit by half if he wins Sunday's run-off election, a contest in which economic concerns have taken a back seat to a debate over gay marriage.

Exclusive: Costa Rica to lift 30-year ban on planting robusta coffee trees

Feb 09 2018

SAN JOSE Costa Rica will join other coffee-producing countries in the region and start planting robusta, lifting a 30-year ban on a crop that is more resistant to diseases and rising temperatures than arabica trees, the Minister of Agriculture said on Friday.

Exclusive - Costa Rica to lift 30-year ban on planting robusta coffee trees

Feb 09 2018

SAN JOSE Costa Rica will join other coffee-producing nations in the region and start planting robusta, lifting a 30 year-ban on a crop that is more resistant to diseases and rising temperatures than arabica trees, the Minister of Agriculture said on Friday.

Christian singer faces leftist author in Costa Rica presidential runoff

Feb 05 2018

SAN JOSE Christian singer Fabricio Alvarado Munoz will face a center-left fiction writer in Costa Rica's presidential election runoff, seeking to thwart the advance of gay rights with a victory for evangelical conservatives in the Central American nation.

Christian singer to face leftist author in Costa Rica election runoff

Feb 05 2018

SAN JOSE Former TV anchor and evangelical singer Fabricio Alvarado Munoz will face a center-left fiction writer in Costa Rica's presidential election runoff, definitively ending decades of a two-party system in the peaceful Central American nation.

Christian singer to face leftist author in Costa Rica election runoff

Feb 05 2018

SAN JOSE, Feb 5 Former TV anchor and evangelical singer Fabricio Alvarado Munoz will face a center-left fiction writer in Costa Rica's presidential election runoff, definitively ending decades of a two-party system in the peaceful Central American nation.

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