The Economist Rodrigo Chavez Robles He was sworn in this Sunday as the 49th president in the history of Costa Rica for a period of 4 years, in a ceremony held at the headquarters of the Legislative Assembly.
Chaves, 60 years old and from the young Democratic Social Progress Party, was sworn in by the president of the Legislative Assembly, Rodrigo Arias Sánchez. Also sworn in at the ceremony were First Vice President Stephan Brunner and Second Vice President Mary Munive.
Outgoing President Carlos Alvarado handed over the presidential sash and Chaves immediately received his, with which he was made official as president.
Chaves arrived at Congress accompanied by his wife, the Latvian economist Signe Zeicate, and their two daughters. The president of Congress, Rodrigo Arias, pointed out in his speech the challenges that the new president will have to reduce inequality and revive the economyas well as promoting “the transforming path of a country that needs to modernize”.
The ceremony was held at the Legislative Assembly headquarters for the first time since 1944 for reasons of austerity, since the National Stadium and other open spaces such as the Plaza de la Democracia were very expensive, according to the incoming government team.
Dignitaries attending the event include the King of Spain, Felipe VI; the president of Colombia, Iván Duque; the one from the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader; that of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo; the president of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani Sadriu; the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Gilmar Pisas; that of Haiti, Ariel Henry, as well as the head of the Government of Morocco, Aziz Akhannouch.
Foreign ministers, vice presidents, ministers, deputy ministers and deputies from countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, Cuba, Japan, the United Kingdom, Serbia, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, the United States, Ecuador and Peru also attend.
The event It also has the presence of the first indigenous woman chief of Costa RicaIdalia Andrade Degracia, as well as representation of Costa Rican indigenous ethnic groups, such as Ngäbes, Cabécares, Bribrís, Chorotegas, Borucas, Malekus and Huetares.