Ex-lawmaker Merino dies

José Merino del Río, the Spanish-born president of the partido Frente Amplio and a former legislator, died late Sunday in Cuba where he was undergoing medical treatment.

The left-wing Merino is best known for fiery speeches at the legislature.

President Laura Chinchilla expressed her sympathy to his family on her Twitter account. She said he was an example of confrontation in a democracy.

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