Vice-President Resigns, Says Country “Going Bad”

January 28, 2005

COSTA Rica’s Second Vice-President,Luis Fishman, presented his resignationto the Legislative Assembly yesterday,saying that the country is “going bad.”Fishman’s resignation comes afterthree years of having little to no involvementin the government because of a conflictwith President Abel Pacheco thatdates back to the 2002 elections.“He had no office, no functions, noprograms,” a Casa Presidencial spokeswomantold The Tico Times yesterday.“But he did have a salary.”Fishman told Channel 7 TV News thatduring these three years, he has had anoffice of “social assistance,” but “notbeing able to exercise my post as (SecondVice-President), I have failed many peoplewho trusted in me.”The Vice-President has been marginalizedfrom the Pacheco administrationsince the 2002 elections, which went to asecond run-off vote for the first time inhistory. Disagreement arose betweenFishman and Pacheco right after the firstelection, when Pacheco accused Fishmanof demanding complete control of thecampaign (TT, Feb. 8, 2002).While Fishman said he will now dedicatehimself to private activities, he alsoexpressed an interest in returning to theSocial Christian Unity Party (PUSC),from which he distanced himself after theelections.A two-time legislator and formerMinister of Public Security, Fishmanclaims the country is “going bad” underthe leadership of Pacheco, and said thecountry needs profound changes to overcomeits huge problems.“I have no presidential aspirations, butI will return to PUSC,” he told the press.

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