Monday 21 June 2021

Politics and Its Politicians in “Ticolandia”

Ronal Vargas at his "curul" (legislative seat) during his resignation act last Thursday.
Ronal Vargas at his “curul” (legislative seat) during his resignation act last Thursday.

TICO BULL – This is a true tale of Costa Rica politics and its politicians. It’s not made up and still unfolding. I’ll keep you posted.

Last week, now a former legislator, Ronal Vargas Araya, of the Frente Amplio (FA) party stood up in the Legislative Assembly to announce his resignation as legislator.

- Advertisement -

Vargas cited health reasons for the unprecedented act. There was an emotional outpour from fellow legislators, lots of hugs and kisses.

But, hours later we learned that, although there may be health issues, Vargas quit because he was accused of sexual harassment of an assistant at his Guanacaste constituency office. The woman, we later learned had a history with Vargas, they had been romantically involved in the past. The woman had told her story to the Ombudswoman, Montserrat Solano.

Nothing unusual so far. We’ve seen this before, though this is the first time I believe that a legislator has actually given up their legislative seat. The others, to my recollection, took a step back, let the storm settle, then when people forgot, they continued as if nothing had ever happened. This is the Costa Rican way.

Hours later following the resignation, the Frente Amplio party confirmed the deception, claiming their legislator had duped them as well, quickly removing Vargas from their roster and days later announcing a replacement to the Vargas legislative seat. The TSE quickly moved to revoke Vargas’ credentials as a legislator.

- Advertisement -

The chain of events moved quickly starting with the resignation on Thursday (Feb. 5), the uncovering of the deception, on Friday (Feb. 6) the party apologizing for their handling of the situation, the elections tribunal revoking credentials, and a new legislator sitting in Vargas’ seat on Monday (Feb. 9).

End of story, right?

Vargas yesterday (Tuesday), gone is the mustache and cap, holding up his appeal to get his legislative seat back.
Vargas yesterday (Tuesday), gone is the mustache and cap, holding up his appeal to get his legislative seat back.

Well not quite.

Today, Wednesday (Feb. 11), Vargas wants back in, saying to the media from his Guanacaste riding office, “I was not in my right mind” (Spanish: ‘Yo no estaba en mis cabales’).

The former legislator says he was forced by his party to resign. But, the leader of the party and presidential candidate in 2014, said Vargas submitted his resignation letter and it was he (Vargas) who asked for his credentials to be revoked by the elections tribunal.

- Advertisement -

But, Vargas has a different story. So different that he decided to file an appeal (recurso de amparo in Spanish) with the elections tribunal, the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE). The action is directed against Villalta; and the president and chief legislative faction of the Frente Amplio, Patricia Mora and Gerardo Vargas Varela, respectively.

Wait, it gets better.

The now former legislator says the three leaders of the party threatened to publish explicit photos of him (and messages) if he didn’t resign.

“I knew I was innocent and did manifest that unjust accusation, but they lobbied violent arguments and sexually explicit photos and copies of messages of Wasapp sexual content (sic),” Vargas said. The former legislator added he didn’t want his daughters to see the photos (and messages) in the press, adding to the pressure that led to his resignation.

I am waiting with curiosity the next act in this play.


Click here to follow my personal blog on Costa Rica I call TICO BULL.

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Ortega government accuses imprisoned opponents of receiving money from the United States to overthrow him

TODAY NICARAGUA – The Nicaraguan government assures that the imprisoned political...

Cynthia Ann Telles named new U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Today, U.S. President Joe Biden announced his nomination of...


The “rebound” effect boosted growth in Costa Rica’s economic activity

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's economic activity registered in April 2021 a year-on-year growth of 8.8%, a figure affected by a “base” or “rebound” effect,...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 19: only “ODDS” can circulate

Today, Saturday, June 19, only vehicles with "ODD" ending plates CAN circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save...

OIJ investigation into road works corruption leads to inquiries in Panama

QCOSTARICA - The prestige of the company of some of the richest men in Costa Rica hangs by a thread. For many, the MECO...

Diseases, weather and low prices hit the orange sector in Costa Rica

HQ - The appearance of pests and diseases, in particular the 'dragón amarillo' (yellow dragon), the impact of the weather and a sharp drop...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 17: 7 & 8 CANNOT circulate

Today, Thursday, June 17, vehicles with plates ending 7 & 8 CANNOT circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm,...

Internet speed decreases during peaks in service

QCOSTARICA - Ever wonder why your surfing on the Internet slows down, to even a crawl, mainly in the evenings? This is due to...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 14: 1 & 2 CANNOT circulate

Today, Monday, June 14, vehicles with plates ending 1 & 2 CANNOT circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm,...

Tourism sector depends on political will for recovery

QCOSTARICA - The future of tourism operators in Costa Rica depends on the political will to approve a package of bills that favors the...

Vaccination commission endorses J & J vaccine, says no to Sinovac

QCOSTARICA - The Comisión Nacional de Vacunación y Epidemiología (CNVE)  - National Vaccination and Epidemiology Commission - endorsed the use of Johnson and Johnson...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.