Presidential candidate declines to back free trade treaty

The legislature has approved for the second and final time a free trade treaty with Singapore.

Only five of 44 lawmakers declined to support the treaty. But one was Juan Carlos Mendoza García of Acción Ciudadana . He aspired to be president. He told his colleagues that trade treaties have not had the expected results and that they amplify the gap between the rich and the poor. His party traditionally has opposed trade treaties.

Costa Rica will eliminate about 90 percent of its tariffs on goods from Singapore, and that country will eliminate all its tariffs. Within 10 years, all of the Costa Rican import duties will be eliminated.

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