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COSTA RICA

Costa Rica is a democratic republic, with a strong system of constitutional checks and balances. Executive responsibilities are vested in a president, who is the country's center of power. There also are two vice presidents and a 19-member Cabinet (that includes one of the vice presidents). The president and 57 Legislative Assembly deputies are elected for four-year terms. A constitutional amendment approved in 1969 limits presidents and deputies to one term, although a deputy may run again for an Assembly seat after sitting out a term.
CURRENT GOVERNMENT
President SANCHEZ, Oscar Arias
First Vice Pres. Chinchilla, Laura
Second Vice Pres. Zamora,Kevin
Min. of Agriculture & Livestock Coto, Rodolfo
Min. of Culture, Youth, & Sports Saenz Gonzalez, Guido
Min. of Economy & Industry Villalobos, Vilma
Min. of Education Fischel Volio, Astrid
Min. of Environment & Energy Rodriguez, Carlos Manuel
Min. of Finance Bolanos, Jorge
Min. of Foreign Relations & Religion Tovar Faja, Roberto
Min. of Foreign Trade Trejos, Alberto
Min. of Health Saenz, Maria del Rocio
Min. of Housing Fallas Venegas, Helio
Min. of Justice Villalobos, Jose Miguel
Min. of Labor & Social Security Pacheco Salazar, Ovidio
Min. of Planning Chaverri Soto, Danilo
Min. of the Presidency Contreras Lopez, Rina
Min. of Public Security, Government, & Police Ramos Martinez, Rogelio Vicente
Min. of Public Works & Transportation Chaves Bolanos, Javier
Min. of Science & Technology Pardo Evans, Rogelio
Min. of Tourism Pacheco, Ruben
Min. of Women's Affairs Valerin R., Gloria
Min. Without Portfolio (National Council on Childhood) Gil, Rosalia
Pres., Central Bank De Paula, Francisco
Ambassador to the US Daremblum Rosenstein, Jaime
Permanent Representative to the UN, New York Stagno Ugarde, Bruno