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Mauricio Batalla-Otárola (left),  Luis Amador-Jiménez (middle) and President Rodrigo Chaves-Robles (right) during a press conference at the Presidential House.

- Archive photo via Presidential House -

President Chaves fires his Minister of Transport

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Published on Tuesday, March 12, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Chaves-Robles dismissed Luis Amador-Jiménez, Minister of Public Transport.

The ministry is the public authority in charge of developing and maintaining the country's transportation system, which includes public transit, road and bridge building, and other public places, among many other duties.

During a conference, Chaves explained his decision by asserting a series of irregularities in the awarding of a contract for the repair of the runway at the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia Canton, Guanacaste Province.

According to Chaves, the government gave the arrangement to a private business with Amador's consent, but the contract contains a series of mistakes.

Today, Chaves dismissed both Amador and another top government executive, Fernando Naranjo, who served as director of Civil Aviation.

According to Chaves, Amador and Naranjo failed to meet their responsibilities by not thoroughly studying the details of that deal. "The lack of the agreement evaluation will cost the government $2 million," he added.

Chaves also stated that he would send the Public Ministry with a paper outlining the terms of the deal, allowing that organization to be in charge of examining the scope of the contract.

The Public Ministry is responsible for applying the law before criminal tribunals, exercising criminal action, and conducting preliminary investigations into crimes of public action.

Chaves dismissed Amador over the phone since he is now in Canada, attending meetings related to his duties as minister.

Mauricio Batalla-Otárola, the director of the National Viability Council, was named by Chaves as the new Minister of Public Transport.

Amador has been in charge of the ministry since the first day of the Chaves administration in May 2022.

Should the Public Ministry scrutinize contracts authorized by all ministers?
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