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President Alvarado announced 15% pay cut of his cabinet

(QCOSTARICA) President Carlos Alvarado announced Thursday that his has asked his Ministers and executive presidents of public institutions, to join him in a 15% wage cut, to mitigate public spending amid the coronavirus pandemic. The measure will apply to the starting August 31. "The first thing...

Mayors promised some businesses to operate during closings

(QCOSTARICA) The Government committed to orange zone mayors easing vehicle restrictions and allow some businesses to operate during the closure phases (August 10 to 21) of the pandemic. In a meeting with the mayors, President Carlos Alvarado offered to unify the vehicle restriction schedule between...

President has to act quickly on tourist insurance requirements

(QCOSTARICA) OPINION - Today, August 1, is an important day. The day that Costa Rica's international airports reopen to the much-needed tourists that is expected to revive the country's economy. It is also one day after Costa Rica's president ordered to evaluate the use of...

Daniel Salas: “We know there is discomfort in merchants, but we have to avoid further contagion”

(QCOSTARICA) The hammer and dance (martillo y la danza) strategy used by the government of Carlos Alvarado has generated discomfort among different productive sectors, Daniel Salas, Minister of Health, acknowledged on Wednesday. However, the minister said that the restrictive measures will be maintained for the...

Carlos Alvarado: the President who hides behind his Minister of Health

(QCOSTARICA) Crhoy.com says Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado is locked in his own information bubble and does not answer questions from the media if they are not about the pandemic. The online news media outlet accuses the president of giving preference to foreign media while...

Alvarado to the press: “They use me to speak things that are insipid”

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica's President, Carlos Alvarado, accused the press on Thursday of “using him” to talk about boring things and, therefore, he cannot concentrate, according to him, on dealing with the health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This is how the President responded to...

Legislators fault Carlos Alvarado for unemployment and not the COVID-19

(QCOSTARICA) The inability of the Carlos Alvarado government to boost the economy is the reason why unemployment shot up to 15.7% and not the coronavirus pandemic, according to opposition legislators. To blame the pandemic's health emergency is to want to hide the truth since before...

A “presidential’ dilemma!

The rotation of heads in key ministries hits the "bicentennial" administration of Carlos Alvarado (2018-2022) in mid-term.

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado interviewed on BBC

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado discusses the containment of the Corona Virus and how it will NOT derail our goals to battle climate change. The interview was from May 15, 2020, when Costa Rica had 755 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 and 6 deaths. Watch the...

“We are the first Central American country to join the OECD! “, Announces Carlos Alvarado

(QCOSTARICA) The 37 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries approved the entry of Costa Rica, confirmed this morning President Carlos Alvarado. "The OECD Secretary General, José Ángel Gurría, gave me great news: Costa Rica has been invited to be member 38. The 4th...

“Costa Rica will not only defeat the pandemic, but will be reborn as a new nation”

In his annual report to the Legislative Assembly, President Carlos Alvarado on Monday reviewed how Costa Rica has successfully faced the Covid-19 pandemic, reported on the country's achievements prior to the emergency, and outlined the challenges that we must all face in the immediate...

Carlos Alvarado: ‘My pain as president is that today we do not have resources to eliminate poverty’

“Today we have the technical capacity and data analysis to identify all people in poverty, or living marginally, or who suffer a sharp drop in their income. This makes it technically possible to eliminate poverty in Costa Rica, through the proper targeting of resources.” “My...

Caja Is In Trouble, But There Are No Immediate Liquidity or Solvency Problems

In the midst of a crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) is requiring the government to pay a debt of ¢1.95 trillion colones to face the lack of income from worker-employer contributions. In response, Costa Rica President Carlos...

Costa Rica Needs To Work, Work, Work (Trabajar, Trabajar, Trabajar)

Rico's Digest - It's been some time since I've heard the words "trabajar, trabajar, trabajar" (work, work, work). They were made famous by President Carlos Alvarado during his presidential campaign and then in the first part his presidency that in a few weeks, May 8,...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: Confirmed 117; “We Cannot Let Our Guard Down”

The confirmed cases of the coronavirus covid-19 in Costa Rica reached 117, according to the report by the Ministry of Health this Saturday, March 21 at noon. An increase of 4 over the previous day, when 113 cases were confirmed. In a mid-day, Saturday covid-19...

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: 23 confirmed cases

The number of confirmed cases in the country with the coronavirus covid-19, rose to 23 this Thursday, the latest a nurse from the San Rafael de Alajuela Hospital, announced the Minister of Health this Thursday afternoon. Health Minister Daniel Salas added that, to date, 206...

President Alvarado Turns To Mendez To Clean The Mess At Casa Presidencial

Costa Rica president Carlos Alvarado has given the task of putting the house (Casa Presidencial) in order to the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Rodolfo Mendez. At 82, Mendez is the oldest of Alvarado's cabinet and perhaps the most experienced in government, with a...

UPAD: Government of Carlos Alvarado Sinks To Bottom

The "decretazo" UPAD has an unleashed a political scandal sinking the government of Carlos Alvarado.

Victor Morales resigns as Minister of the Presidency

The Unidad Presidencial de Análisis de Datos (UPAD) has its latest victim, the Ministro de la Presidencia (Chief of Staff), Victor Morales, who announced his resignation on Wednesday, one day after his appearance before the Legislative Assembly where he faced an interrogation over his...

Carlos Alvarado is the “big chief” of the Data Unit, according to opposition legislators

The Unidad Presidencial de Análisis de Datos (Upad) - Presidential Data Analysis Unit - which has generated a political storm, was promoted and directed personally by President Carlos Alvarado, according to opposition legislators, who earlier this week launched an attack against the Government. The appearance...

Carlos Alvarado is exposed to six years imprisonment for prevarication

Carlos Alvarado and seven other government officials could go to jail for up to six years for the crime of prevarication if the Prosecutor's Office (Ministerio Publico) manages to prove that a crime was committed by the creation of the Presidential Data Analysis Unit...

Attorney General Raids Government House In “Confidential Information” Case

Attorney General, Emilia Navas Aparicio, at 8 am this Friday morning, led a raid on Government House (Casa Presidencial) along with the Oeganismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) and while the Ministero Publico (Prosecutor's Office) executed raids on nine other locations. The raid on is related...

Nothing happened here!

President Carlos Alvarado, despite explaining ad nauseam that "nothing happened" AND apologizing for the UPAD debacle, he is having a difficult time setting blame.

President acknowledges mistake with UPAD, but leaves more questions than answers

President Carlos Alvarado, on national radio and television, admitted on Monday night that there were "errors" in the formation of the Presidential Data Analysis Unit (UPAD), secretly created by the Government to handle “confidential” information of Costa Ricans, and described the concerns regarding the...

President Carlos Alvarado is criminally denounced for the creation of UPAD

Costa Rica president, Carlos Alvarado, was criminally denounced by lawyer Gloria Navas, for the creation of the Data Analysis Unit (UPAD). According to Alvarado, the UPAD team was created for decision making through statistics, however, it also gives the government access to confidential information from...

President orders to stop the work of data analysts unit, amid controversy

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado ordered on Sunday a stop all the work of his data analysis unit, "so that the Ombudsman's Office will conduct its investigation." The president announced his decision through his Twitter account, where he said he prefers that the Defensora de...

President Creates Thousands of Jobs For Bureaucrats

In almost two years (May 8) of is administration, President Carlos Alvarado allowed the creation of 37,000 jobs in the public sector, according to data from the Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Censos (INEC) - National Institute of Statistics and Censuses. Of the 37,000 new...

President Alvarado defends lifting bank secrecy, that “it does not affect honest people”

President Carlos Alvarado said earlier this week that lifting bank secrecy should not be a concern for honest people or for any business person or investor, nor should it be an excuse to defend "things that affect the country." “The lifting of bank secrecy does...

President complains because he inherited a “mortgaged” country

  In the CRhoy.com caricature, we see President Carlos Alvarado (left) painting the typical Costa Rican country house, at the precipice of the Fiscal Deficit, while his predecessor Luis Guillermo Solis and his "official mascot" looks on from the firm ground. “The Alvarado administration said it...

Costa Rica President Renounces Pension When He Leaves Office in 2022

Costa Rica president Carlos Alvarado, in a show of leadership of his government's push to reduce "pensiones de lujo" - high pensions of government officials, renounced his pension as former President when he leaves office on May 9, 2022. In an interview with Telenoticias, Alvarado,...

Costa Rica President Cancels Official Visit To United Arab Emirates

The armed conflict between Iran and the United States has forced President Carlos Alvarado to cancel an official visit to the United Arab Emirates that was to be later this month. The president announced on his social networks that he and his entourage will no...

A Selfie With The President

In how many countries can one find the "mandatario" (President) shopping at the local supermarket and on a December 24th no less? And in how many countries can you just walk up and start a conversation, and take a selfie with him or her? Only...

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