Costa Rica court reviewing CAFTA referendum
The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Costa Rica is reviewing the planned referendum election for participation in the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement with the United States, looking into a legal challenge that the Costa Rican Assembly committed procedural violations when authorizing the elections.
The challenge has led to a postponement of the referendum election from Sept. 23 to Oct. 7. A Supreme Court ruling on the challenge is expected by July 5.
Costa Rica is the only signatory to DR-CAFTA that has not completed the steps needed to authorize participation in the agreement.