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Yearbook 2011

Costa Rica. According to Countryaah official site, President Laura Chinchilla was confronted with her first labor market conflict when a strike broke out among doctors demanding reform of the Social Security Fund (Caja del Seguro Social, CSS) that has been plagued with major financial problems for several years. Health Minister María Luísa Ávila resigned as a result of the criticism, as did the state telecommunications company manager José María Tijerino, as financial irregularities during his time as head of CSS were discovered.

2011 Costa Rica

A worse hardship for the president was the trips around the presidential post in Congress in early May. The ruling party PLN (Partido Liberación Nacional), which has dominated Costa Rica politics since World War II, has been deeply divided for a long time because of a proposed tax reform, and when Luis Villanueva was elected President in a dramatic vote on May 1, he was forced to step down two hours because of protests from both the opposition parties and other members of the PLN. The opposition took the opportunity to unite and elect Juan Carlos Mendoza (Partido Acción Ciudadana, PAC) and Patrícia Pérez from (Movimiento Libertario, ML) to the President and Vice-President respectively. For the first time in 40 years, the opposition holds the presidency.

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