Costa Rica NO ARMY SINCE 1948

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Costa Rica NO ARMY SINCE 1948.

Our incredible little country of Costa Rica has no army. In 1948, the Defense Minister, Edgar Cardona, proposed the idea, so that more could be spent on education and health care. Jose Figueres, the provisional President at the time, took it to the constitutional assembly, and it was passed.

“We will build an army of Doctors and Teachers.”

Costa Rica Politics–A new President is inaugurated

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Politics

Costa Rica politics new president

What’s new in Costa Rica politics?  Carlos Alvarado Quesada is president-elect after winning the presidential runoff April 1 in a stunning landslide. Costa Rica’s new president is passionate about literature – with three published novels – and a musician who likes rock. 

Alvarado, 38, a former Cabinet minister who has studied journalism and political science, carried out a hard-fought campaign against Fabricio Alvarado (no relation), a former legislator and evangelical preacher.

Carlos Alvarado became a public figure in Costa Rica because of his political activity within the Citizen Action Party (PAC, center left). Known for his slow speaking style and deep voice, Alvarado has sought to present a message of national unity since he came in second in the Feb. 4 first round.

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