Solís orders tighter financial controls

President Luis Guillermo Solís has ordered his ministers to realign their operations to conform to the new national development plan.

In addition, the Ministerio de Hacienda will keep track and report monthly on overtime in the executive branch as well as trips, contracts and consultants.

The president seeks to keep better track of the national budgets in public entities, and he threatens to fire any official who does not follow his plan.

Solís issued an official directive to that effect Tuesday. The move was partly public relations because the executive branch has been involved in a prolonged fight to pass a budget that is 19 percent higher than the previous year.

Some 26 lawmakers, the majority at the time, rejected the $14.6 billion  budget Monday night, but Henry Mora Jiménez, the president of the Asamblea Legislativa issued a ruling that the budget had been approved. That action will be litigated.

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