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Costa Rica Government

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2011

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Type  

Government Type Democratic Republic
Long-Form Country Name Republic of Costa Rica

Executive Branch  (2010 - 2014)

President Laura Chinchilla Miranda
First Vice President Dr. Luis Liberman Ginsburg
Second Vice President Dr. Alfio Piva Mesén
   
Cabinet
Ministers:
Minister of Agriculture and Cattle Gloria Abraham Peralta
Minister of Culture and Youth Manuel Obregon
Minister of Economy, Industry and Foreign Trade Maria de los Angeles Antillon Guerrero
Minister of Public Education Leonardo Garnier Rimolo
Minister of Environment and Energy Teofilo de la Torre Arguello
Minister of Finance Fernando Herrero Acosta
Minister of Foreign Affairs Rene Castro Salazar
Minister of Health María Luisa Avila Aguero
Minister of Housing Irene Campos
Minister of Decentralization and Local Governments Juan Marín Quiros 
Minister of Justice and Peace Hernando París
Minister of Labor and Social Security Sandra Piszk
Minister of the Presidency Marco A. Vargas Diaz
Minister of Public Security and the Interior Jose Maria Tijerino Pacheco
Minister of Public Works and Transportation Francisco Jimenez
Minister of Science and Technology Clotilde Fonseca Obregon
Minister of Sports Giselle Goyenaga
Minister of Tourism Carlos Ricardo Benavides Jimenez
President of the Central Bank Rodrigo Bolanos Zamora
Women's Issues Maureen Clarke Clarke

Judicial Branch

Supreme Court (Corte Suprema de Justicia) Democratic Republic
Legal System Based on Spanish civil law system
Judicial review of legislative acts in the Supreme Court
Costa Rica has not accepted ICJ (International Court of Justice) jurisdiction

Legislative Branch

Unicameral
Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa)  

Assembly Parties 

Assembly Parties % of Seats
National Liberation Party (PLN) 43.6%
Civil Action Party (PAC) 20%
Libertarian Movement Party (PML) 16.4%
Minority Parties 20%
Total 100%

Important Dates 

Independence from Spain September 15, 1821
Constitution November 9, 1949

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