Chinchilla Names Security Team
With citizen safety dominating discussion on the campaign trail, president-elect Laura Chinchilla’s choice for the post of public security minister drew much speculation and friendly wagers, until Tuesday.
In a conference room at Hotel Corobicí, Chinchilla revealed her pick to replace Janina del Vecchio, Security minister in the current administration of President Oscar Arias.
José María Tijerino, an intellectual and former attorney general, was tapped to head the ministry upon Chinchilla’s inauguration on May 8, thus inheriting the problem of greatest concern to the Costa Rican people. “We all want the Costa Rica of before,” he said in accepting the appointment. “We want the Costa Rica where we could walk in the streets, the plazas, the parks in absolute peace … Perhaps this is our last opportunity to rescue safety without losing our liberties.”
He said his first goal will be to build police presence in the streets. He also stressed collaboration with the international community and improved technology as initiatives he would pursue.
Chinchilla appointed Mauricio Boraschi, presently director of the Costa Rican Drug Institute; Mario Zamora, immigration director; and Jorge Chavarría, international consultant, to accompany Tijerino as members of her security team. Boraschi will occupy the new post of drug czar, while Zamora and Chavarría will be vice ministers in the Public Security Ministry.
Chinchilla also took advantage of the press conference to announce her chief of staff, a position known in Costa Rica as the minister of the presidency.
Calling him a “close adviser” and accessible, Chinchilla announced that Marco Vargas would be the next minister of the presidency. Vargas currently holds the post of public works and transportation minister.
Before that, Vargas served as coordination minister, with responsibility for the port privatization project in Limón. Vargas has also occupied the position of economy minister.
“We have a trusting relationship (developed through years) of sharing ministerial roles. We know each other well enough to know what we want, and, furthermore, we have an immense capacity to negotiate and look for points in common,” Chinchilla said.
You may be interested
Costa Rica Coffee Culture at a CrossroadsSteve Hodel - September 27, 2020
The traditional cafe society in Costa Rica has reached a cultural crossroads. Older generations of coffee drinking traditionalists are crossing…
International rejection grows against project that threatens NGOs and journalists in NicaraguaJulia RIOS / AFP - September 27, 2020
International rejection against a bill considered threatening to journalists and human rights defenders in Nicaragua increased Friday with demands that…
Slothy Sunday: Meet the sloth moms, released and thrivingRachael Griffiths / Toucan Rescue Ranch - September 27, 2020
This Sloth Sunday is dedicated to the released two-fingered sloth moms that have been prospering since being in Toucan Rescue Ranch’s…