Lawmakers reappointed Ana Lorena Brenes Esquivel Tuesday to a six-year term as procuradora general de la república. The job basically is the chief civil lawyer for the state. The decision was not without discussion. Minority party members sought a public vote where lawmakers would stand up. Luis Gerardo Villanueva Monge, assembly president, insisted that rules call for secret ballots. Legislators supported this view 28 to 27.
The vote for Ms. Brenes was 31 to 24, mainly along party lines. Ms. Brenes supervises 76 other lawyers and a staff totalling 264.