President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís embarks tomorrow on a tour of Central America and the Dominican Republic, to personally invite the leaders of the region to his inauguration ceremony on May 8.

However, “Luigui” has no plans to include Nicaragua on his tour, confirmed Melvin Jiménez, the Ministro de la Presidencia appointee.

Jiménez told Amelia Rueda on her radio program, Nuestra Voz, that Solís will be listening to the concerns and suggestions from the rulers of the region, and that the Nicaragua and Daniel Ortega invite is being made through political channels, by way of the Costa Rican Ambassador in that country.

“I am not going to talk to President Ortega on the trip I will make to Central America to invited the other presidents because I think that his statements towards Costa Rica are disrespectful and unacceptable…”, Solís had said in a press conference on April 9.

The current rift between the two countries began in late 2010 with Nicaragua’s alleged invasion of the Isla Calero, a swamp land on the south side of the San Juan river, the border between the two countries. Since, Costa Rica and Nicaragua have locked horns on several issues and have taken their case to the International Court of Justice at The Hague.

In addition, Ortega has reiterated on several occasions, a claim for the Costa Rican province of Guanacaste province.

In 2010, Daniel Ortega, accompanied by his wife Rosario Murillo, attended the Chinchilla inauguration. It is not known yet how Ortega will react to the Solís decision.

Solís is expected to spend about four hours in each country.

The new president will receive his credentials from the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE) on April 25 and takes the office of the presidency from Laura Chinchilla on May 8.

On Monday, April 28, Solís is expected to announce the rest of his choices for cabinet.


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