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Carlos Alvarado loses a minister every 45 days, on average

QCOSTARICA - With the exit of the Minister of Liaison with the Private Sector, André Garnier, there are only 8 "survivors" remaining in the so-called “Gabinete de Unidad Nacional” (Cabinet of National Unity), with which President Carlos Alvarado boasted at the start of his...

75,000 vaccinations this coming week seems a lot

RICO's COVID DIGEST - On Friday, after a lot of backlash from the public and the country's legislators, President Carlos Alvarado personally announced that the vaccination program will continue during Semana Santa (Easter Week). The decision was made after strong criticism, particularly from legislators who...

Costa Rica Not Invited to US Led Summit On Climate Change

QCOSTARICA - United States President Joe Biden invited 40 world climate change leaders, presidents or prime ministers of the 17 countries that are responsible for 80% of polluting gas emissions, to a summit to be held April 22-23, 2021. Invited also to the Leaders Summit...

President Signs Space Agency Bill Into Law

QCOSTAICA - Despite a large number of questions over the creation of the Agencia Espacial Costarricense (Costa Rican Space Agency), President Carlos Alvarado, Friday signed the bill and now only requires publication in La Gaceta to become law. The veto that was presumed would occur,...

President Alvarado asks for a review the covid-19 vaccination strategy

QCOSTARICA - Let's do some simple math. The country has received 676,455 vaccines in the first three months of the first delivery on December 23, 2020. As of Friday, March 19, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) reports 312,000 vaccines (212,454 first and...

“I tell people: don’t be afraid, get vaccinated!”

QCOSTARICA - "Don't be afraid, get vaccinated," are words of doña Irma Ceciliano, in a virtual conversation, along with three other seniors, telling President Carlos Alvarado about their experience and expectations with the vaccination against COVID-19. Ceciliano, 85 years old and resident of Pérez Zeledón;...

Carlos Alvarado: “No Growth and Poverty Reduction Without Economic Stability”

QCOSTARICA - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a $1.7 billion arrangement to support Costa Rica’s recovery and stabilization from the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. IMF Country Focus spoke with Costa Rica’s President, Carlos Alvarado, about building consensus on fiscal efforts, boosting...

There is no money to start the Costa Rican Space Agency

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado assured that the State lacks the money to start the Costa Rican Space Agency (Agencia Espacial Costarricense (AEC) - AEC) that the legislators approved last week. The bill, following the legislative procedure, is now in the hands of...

Legislative Assembly officially inaugurated new building amid protests and disorder

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly officially inaugurated its new building this Wednesday, February 24, 2021,  five months after the legislative branch of government occupation and amid protests from public universities against the draft Public Employment Law. The demonstrations generated disorder in the management of...

#DEBUNKED: Carlos Alvarado, Daniel Salas and Román Macaya will be vaccinated when it is their turn

QCOSTARICA - It is a lie that Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado; Minister of Health, Daniel Salas; and the executive president of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), Román Macaya, do not want to get the vaccine against Covid-19, as stated in a...

“123456” The password used by President Alvarado to lock his phone

QCOSTARICA - The password that Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado used on one of the cell phones that was seized by the Fiscalia (Prosecutor's Office) and the OIJ (Judicial Agency), is one of the most insecure in the world. "123456" was revealed on Wednesday during...

Carlos Alvarado acted in bad faith and committed espionage, according to deputies

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado acted in bad faith and committed espionage, by forming the Unidad Presidencial de Análisis de Datos (UPAD) - Presidential Data Analysis Unit That was the main conclusion reached by opposition legislators, after a marathon appearance by the president...

Costa Rica won’t be joining the Pacific Alliance

HQ - Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado ruled out to restart the inclusion of Costa Rica in the Pacific Alliance for the rest of his term, which will conclude in May 2022. 'I've kept my promise, because I believe that Costa Rica should not advance...

Moody’s, Fitch and S&P distrust political support for plan with IMF

QCOSTARICA - The international risk rating agencies Moody’s, Fitch Ratings and Standard and Poor’s (S&P) consider that the main threat to Costa Rica solving its fiscal crisis is to obtain political support to approve the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The US agencies...

Legislator questions Carlos Alvarado’s mental health for forgetting his cell phone and computer code

QCOSTARICA - Carlos Alvarado's forgetting of his personal codes for his computer and cell phone was the subject of strong criticism from legislator Carmen Chan, head of the Nueva República, who regretted that the President is not cooperating with justice. The legislator's criticism follows President...

Government shows disinterest with economic reactivation

QCOSTARICA - The economic reactivation of the country and the generation of employment are not a priority for the Government. This is clear from a review of the calls for bills to the extraordinary sessions of the Legislative Assembly that the Executive Power that began...

Carlos Alvarado: ‘Yes, we are going to go to the IMF’

QCOSTARICA - Can Costa Rica come out from the current economic crisis without the help of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)? President Carlos Alvarado doesn't think so. "Yes, we are going to go to the International Monetary Fund," said the Alvarado, adding that it was first...

Carlos Alvarado and Claudia Dobles working from home after having ‘indirect’ contact with a person with covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica President, Carlos Alvarado, and his wife, Claudia Dobles, are working from after having had “indirect” contact with a person with covid-19. This was reported Wednesday night by the Casa Presidencial, after inquiries about whether the president and the first lady were...

Government dialogue concludes with many intentions and few concrete proposals 

Government dialogue concludes with many intentions and few concrete proposals

Alvarado Administration Falls to Lowest Levels of Popularity

The administration of Carlos Alvarado fell to the lowest level of popularity in the latest survey.

President Alvarado hits rock bottom in popular opinion

QCOSTARICA - Dissatisfaction with President Carlos Alvarado reached 66%, the highest levels since November 2018, thus being the second-worst qualified president, according to the survey of the Center for Research and Political Studies of the University of Costa Rica (CIEP-UCR) The CIEP-UCR data reveals support...

Costa Rica congratulates president-elect of the United States

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica president Carlos Alvarado, congratulated president-elect Joe Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris in a message published on social networks shortly after the Biden-Harris victory was called on Saturday “I congratulate @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris in their capacity as President-Elect and Vice President-Elect of...

President signs law to reduce the 2021 Marchamo

QCOSTARICA - President Carlos Alvarado, signed on Friday the law reducing the vehicle property tax on the 2021 Marchamo, awith which he authorizes a reduction in the rate of the vehicle property tax. The signing took place at Casa Presidencial in the morning, log with...

Distrust of sectors complicate signing an agreement with the IMF this year

QCOSTARICA - Reaching a structural adjustment agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this year seems like an impossible mission for President Carlos Alvarado, according to analysts consulted by La Republica. This, regardless of the fact that it is one of the few options the...

#DEBUNKED: False tweet circulates in which Donald Trump relates Carlos Alvarado to Nicolás Maduro

#DEBUNKED: NOT TRUE that the president of the United States, Donald Trump, published a message on Twitter in which he relates the president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, to Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro. The false publication, in which the president of the United States, supposedly,...

Despite the failure, Alvarado and Cruickshank insist: “The dialogue is still on”

Q COSTARICA - In a meeting with the Bloque Unitario Sindical y Social (Bussco), President Carlos Alvarado, said that "it is urgent to make consensual decisions promptly and that they be the most balanced in order to face the situation in the country." Alvarado acknowledged...

Presidency and Legislative Assembly summon sectors to dialogue to seek solution to crisis

QCOSTARICA - President Carlos Alvarado, and the President of the Legislative Assembly, Eduardo Cruickshank, convened Sunday night a multi-sectoral dialogue table in order to seek agreements to address the fiscal situation and the economic crisis facing the country. Through a national television network, the leaders...

Costa Rica is NOT a poor country… it is a country impoverished

QCOSTARICA - Pilar Cisneros, a renowned journalist, who was the face of television news in Costa Rica for many years until 2013, some calling her "the iron lady of Costa Rica", spoke out on the current situation facing the country. Now, an independent journalist, Pilar...

The President hides while chaos overwhelms the country

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica President, Carlos Alvarado, is being accused of hiding and not give face while chaos and uncertainty take over the country. This is how deputies from different political parties are complaining of the President's inaction to lift the blockades that have obstructed...

#Debunked: Costa Rica President Alvarado DID NOT request asylum in Panama

QCOSTARICA - A doctor and anonymous were behind the reports on Sunday that Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado and his cabinet requested asylum in Panama due to the demonstrations occurring in different parts of the country. The message was spread by way of Facebook posts...

Government withdraws IMF proposal and calls for dialogue to balance it

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado announced on national television Sunday night that he will go ahead with the initial proposal of the government and that he will withdraw it in order to balance it. The announcement came after five days of protests across...

President defends tax package and compares himself to national hero

Obfuscated, President Carlos Alvarado defends his tax package. In the caricature, the Minister of Finance (Ministro de Hacienda), Elian Villegas, holds on to the sacred "Marchamo" as Don Carlos navigates the gondola while Juan Tico holds, in a sinking car, holds a sign calling...

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