Costa Rica. Since President Laura Chinchilla took office
in May 2010, one of her main goals has been to implement a
tax reform. In April, however, her plans suffered decisive
defeat. First, the Constitutional Court announced on April
10 that the proposed reform was unconstitutional. Then it
was revealed that Finance Minister Fernando Herrero and the
head of the tax office, Francisco Villalobos, as well as
Herrero's wife and special adviser to President Chinchilla,
Flor Isabel Rodríguez, themselves devoted to tax evasion.
All were forced to leave immediately. All in all, it
represented President Chinchilla's most serious political
backlash so far during her term in office.
countryaah, problems continued during the following month, when
Justice Minister Hernando Paris and Transport Minister
Francisco Jiménez were also forced to resign following
corruption charges. Consequently, the president's popularity
dropped abruptly in opinion polls to the lowest point in 10
years. The only bright spot for her was that the murder
statistics published in September 2011 showed a declining
trend for the first time in six years.