Economist Rodrigo Chaves began his four-year presidential term in Costa Rica this Sunday by insisting on his promise to "change" to solve problems such as unemployment and poverty, and also issued warnings to various sectors and signed its first decrees.

Chaves, who succeeds Carlos Alvarado, was sworn in by the president of the Legislative Assembly, Rodrigo Arias Sánchez, in a ceremony that was held for the first time since 1944 at the Congress headquarters and in the presence of 97 delegations. international.

promise of change

"The moment we live in is crucial. We are the ones called to make a historic change. That call is imposed with the force of the voice of the people who demanded from the polls an enormous obligation to the entire political class of the country, which includes the three powers of the Republic"Chavez said.

The president denied that the country is ungovernable and affirmed that what is urgently needed is "make the decisions that are necessary no matter how complex or controversial they may be".

"The change that the country demands is not about an ambition or a personal project, but about the rescue of democracy and that commits all of us Costa Ricans"said.

Chaves made a diagnosis of the country pointing out the challenges to improve education, reduce poverty, fight crime and corruption.

“Today we bravely face the imminent obligation to repair the country and fight with the conviction that God protects us and that it is only through the honest work of our hands and not through the indolent spirit of conformism, that we will be able to build a worthy homeland for our sons and daughters, we are not only going to order the house, we are going to rebuild it"said the president.

In his speech, the president also promised that his government will work to combat harassment and violence against women, and that the achievements in human rights, such as those of the LGBTI population, will be respected.

On the outskirts of Congress, a group of women protested against Chaves and demanded respect for their rights.

Chaves also issued warnings against various sectors, including the business sector, and assured that he will not tolerate acts of corruption and that he will fight private monopolies that make the price of some products more expensive.

The president also highlighted the democratic values ​​of Costa Rica and the institutional framework "strong and robust" that it has built throughout its history, but criticized the fact that in recent years many public entities "they have not been able to provide quality services or clean up the infamous ballast of corruption".

first decisions

In his first meeting of the Governing Council, Chaves issued his first decrees in which he declared a national cybersecurity emergency and eliminated the mandatory use of the mask in the covid-19 pandemic.

Regarding covid-19, Chaves eliminated the mandatory use of a mask, the mandatory vaccination against this disease in both children and adults, and also eliminated the order to fire public officials who refuse to receive the vaccine.

Chaves clarified that if the pandemic intensifies, the Government will reinstate restrictive measures and called on the population to get vaccinated now. "take care of each other".

The use of the mask was the only mandatory preventive measure that remained in force in Costa Rica.

Chaves also announced that he signed a decree declaring a national cybersecurity emergency after the attacks that several government institutions received last April.

Conti demanded a ransom of 10 million dollars in exchange for not disclosing the information he extracted from the Ministry of Finance, but the government refused to establish contact with the group.

The United States government reported last Friday that it is offering a reward of up to $15 million for information leading to the identification of Conti members.

President Chaves signed other decrees and issued guidelines aimed at lowering the price of rice, electricity, medicines and also to release 5G telecommunications frequencies, reorganize the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation and strengthen the fight against harassment and violence against women.

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