Former president launches initiative to find a new ‘vision’ for Costa Rica

July 23, 2012

It wasn’t the official kickoff of an election campaign by a former president as reporters had anticipated Monday morning at Heredia’s National Biodiversity Institute north of the capital.

Instead, some 250 Costa Ricans at a lakeside auditorium heard former Costa Rican President José María Figueres unveil a new civil-society initiative to “move the country forward.”

“La Vía Costarricense” (“The Costa Rican Way”) aims to become a broad social movement and “catalyst for innovative ideas” to help correct Costa Rica’s “stagnation” and overcome challenges highlighted by a 2011 State of the Nation report, Figueres said.

“An assessment of [Costa Rica’s] problems already exists; we want new ideas from Costa Ricans starting today,” added Figueres, who served as Costa Rica’s youngest president from 1994-1998.

Many analysts are speculating that the former president – who lived in self-imposed exile in Europe for more than a decade – again will seek the presidency in 2014, although he brushed off questions about his possible political aspirations.

“I’m not thinking about that right now. This is not the time to talk about that,” Figueres said, referring to a possible run for the Casa Presidencial. “The country has enough to deal with in the current political climate. [Announcing a candidacy] wouldn’t solve any problems.”

Instead, Figueres focused on La Vía Costarricense and the experience of its nine board members who will help guide a national debate on issues like development, education, employment and green technology. Board members include a broad range of specialists, including a teacher, a banker, an agronomist, an economist and a security expert whose father worked closely with Figueres’ father, José “Don Pepe” Figueres, considered the grandfather of Costa Rican democracy.

Costa Ricans wishing to participate in the initiative can visit the website www.via.cr, where they are invited to share innovative ideas to help “restart” the country.

Tico Times Poll:

Ex-President José María Figueres’ new initiative:

Is the move a precursor to a presidential run in 2014?



Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Sunset Studio to showcase talents of Costa Rican artists
Arts & Culture
152 views
Arts & Culture
152 views

Sunset Studio to showcase talents of Costa Rican artists

The Tico Times - March 20, 2019

Milena Astorga, owner of Sunset Studio, has organized an event to showcase the work of several Costa Rican artists, including…

In context: Costa Rica’s struggles with indigenous land rights
Costa Rica
1329 views
Costa Rica
1329 views

In context: Costa Rica’s struggles with indigenous land rights

The Tico Times - March 19, 2019

Sergio Rojas, a leader of the Bribrí community in Costa Rica, was murdered Monday night in the indigenous territory of…

‘A tragic day for the Bribrí people’ as leader Sergio Rojas is killed
Costa Rica
5334 views
Costa Rica
5334 views

‘A tragic day for the Bribrí people’ as leader Sergio Rojas is killed

Alejandro Zúñiga - March 19, 2019

Sergio Rojas, a leader of the indigenous Bribrí community in Costa Rica, was murdered Monday night, the government confirmed. Rojas…