Former Costa Rican President Echandi dies at 96
Former Costa Rican President Mario Echandi Jimenez, who served as the country’s leader from 1958-1962, died Saturday at the age of 96, said the foreign ministry.
Echandi died at his home as a result of bronchopneumonia, though his health had deteriorated in recent years due to a stroke.
During his administration he created several institutions in Costa Rica that had social impacts, such as the Institute of Lands and Settlement, which was in charge of land redistribution and the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers, which helped provide drinking water to much of the country.
In the international arena, he broke off many diplomatic ties with Fidel Castro’s Cuban regime at the encouragement of the United States and other Latin American countries.
The foreign ministry coordinated with Echandi’s family a state funeral at the Catedral Metropolitana in downtown San José on Sunday.
You may be interested
Lifeguards call for help in Costa Rica: support their work in OsaPerry Gladstone - October 20, 2018
Over the last four years, the Lifeguards of Costa Ballena have performed 240 in-water rescues, administered first aid 100 times…
Costa Rica Rocks: An evening of progressive metal at Jazz CaféEduardo Doryan - October 20, 2018
So there I was, at the fabled Melico Salazar Theater, about to experience the pleasure of seeing the Costa Rican…