Alternation in Power: Oxygen for Democracy

The transition process of the Salvadoran government is proving that alternation of power contributes to sound political practices.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Observable facts in the current transition process between the government of the outgoing ARENA party and the incoming FMLN party, are positive signs up until now and differ sharply from other transitions.

The editorial from Sunday, May 24 2009 in analyzed and welcomed this year's pragmatic politics, giving reasons for this: "There had never before been a transition from one government to another like the one that is taking place this time. There had never been an occasion with so much political and citizen expectation with regard to the make-up of the incoming head’s cabinet. Transparency in public accounts, also driven by the pressure of the fiscal crisis, rather than being a cause for friction, has served to encourage understanding between parties."

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Costa Rica´s Disconcerting Government

May 2016

Costa Rican business leaders have expressed their dismay at the executive branch's apparent contradictions regarding the proposed agreement on fiscal issues and the strike threats made by public unions.

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Business Sector (UCCAEP):

The Electricity Assembly of Costa Rica

October 2014

Those who are elected to perform executive positions such as the Presidency of the Republic must be EXECUTIVES, not hide behind their shields by calling for assemblies when it comes to the responsibility for decision-making.


In Costa Rica energy, specifically electricity, has been for many years, a subject continuously on the agenda of business and policy makers because of the negative impact of its high cost on competitiveness. In the last election campaign, how to address this issue marked the differences between the candidates, and certainly defined the decision of many voters. It is an urgent issue that requires urgent decision making.

Nicaraguan Government as Seen from Abroad  

January 2014

"Murillo and Ortega together are forging a level of control that political observers say holds echoes of the sort of family dynasty that the Sandinista Front once took up arms to topple."

"Dynasty," is how the U.S. Newspaper Kansas City describes the government of Daniel Ortega and in which it discusses the influential role played by his wife Rosario Murillo in every government decision.

Franchises of Political Models

November 2009

Latin American businessmen are proposing franchising a 'political-corporate' development scheme to counter the prevailing 'Chavez model'.

Panama's new government, headed by successful entrepreneur Ricardo Martinelli, might be an example of the political model proposed by the latest CEAL Assembly (Latin American Business Council).

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