Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber to evaluate appointment of Lutheran bishop as presidency minister

May 13, 2014
1 Comments

Costa Rica’s Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, on Tuesday agreed to review the appointment of Melvin Jiménez Marín, a Lutheran bishop, as President Luis Guillermo Solís’ presidency minister.

The legal complaint was filed by a Costa Rican man with the last names Orozco Carballo, who said the Jiménez appointment violates Article 142 of Costa Rica’s Constitution. Paragraph 3 of that article states that all government ministers must be “members of the secular state” (“ser del estado seglar” in Spanish), which the complaint interprets to mean that government ministers cannot be active members of religious organizations.

In the complaint, Orozco demands that Jiménez’s appointment be annulled and his credentials as a public official withdrawn.

The appeal was filed on April 23, just days after Solís announced Jiménez as a member of his Cabinet. Jiménez was officially sworn in on May 8.

Jiménez is allowed to serve as minister until a final Sala IV ruling is issued.

You may be interested

Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas, Real Madrid nab third consecutive Champions title
Keylor Navas
134 views
Keylor Navas
134 views

Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas, Real Madrid nab third consecutive Champions title

Katherine Stanley - May 26, 2018

Costa Rica's star goalie, Keylor Navas, continued his historic march through world football as his club team, Real Madrid, won…

Adaptive surfing, part III: Riding the waves with Noah
sports
211 views
sports
211 views

Adaptive surfing, part III: Riding the waves with Noah

Ellen Zoe Golden - May 25, 2018

Part III in a series on adaptive surfing in Costa Rica. Read Part I, about the country's association for disabled…

It’s frog orgy season
Environment and Wildlife
1314 views
Environment and Wildlife
1314 views

It’s frog orgy season

Lindsay Fendt - May 25, 2018

The rainy season is upon us. For many of us that means hiding indoors for the next few months, but for Costa…