At least 13 promises announced by President Chaves must go through the Legislative Assembly

QCOSTARICA — A decision by “decree” may not allow President Rodrigo Chaves to fulfill a series of promises he made to the country on Tuesday as part of his first 100 days in office.

At least 13 of those promises or proposals must go through the Legislative Assembly, which by its nature makes the path not so straightforward.

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Some of the bills mentioned in his speech were: the sale of assets such as the state banks BCR and BICSA, a bill to cap the price of fuel, Eurobonds and the merger of the Ministry of Housing, the Housing Mortgage Bank and the National Institute of Housing and Urbanism (INVU) and the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana.

Legislative analyst Daniel Calvo says the government will now have to face Congress and that many initiatives require a “super” majority or a minimum of 39 of the 57 legislative votes.

On the other hand, political scientist Eugenia Aguirre believes it would have been better if she had promoted these proposals in “extraordinary sessions” when the government had control of the legislative agenda.

Other proposals announced by the President which must receive the approval of Congress are: the reform of FONATEL, the reform of the law on administrative contracts, the reform of MOPT and MINAE, among others.

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