President Solís: ‘I’ve always told you the truth’

November 8, 2017

“Costa Ricans: I’ve always told you the truth. I say it today, and I’ll continue to say it, looking you straight in the eye.”

President Luis Guillermo Solís released a video Tuesday evening about the unfolding Chinese cement scandal in which he reiterated that while he supported changes in public policy to end the country’s duopoly on cement in order to reduce prices for consumers, he was not party to any of the alleged wrongdoing that took place when the policy changes were put into practice.

“Because of my duties as President, I didn’t participate in and was not aware of the details of that implementation. It was one of many other issues on my agenda,” he said in the video message.

The scandal, popularly known as the “cementazo,” has implicated members of all three branches of government – as well as board members and managerial staff of one of the country’s public banks – who allegedly misused their positions to improperly promote the Chinese cement import business of Juan Carlos Bolaños.

Bolaños and six Banco de Costa Rica staff members were arrested Friday and ordered to serve three months of preventive detention while the investigation continues.

Read more about how the scandal began, its potential impact on Costa Ricans’ trust in their government, and what it means for the Judicial Branch

 

 

You may be interested

7 questions for a Chilean muralist in Costa Rica
Weekend Arts Spotlight
497 views
Weekend Arts Spotlight
497 views

7 questions for a Chilean muralist in Costa Rica

Kate Hanley - August 19, 2018

JACÓ – The latest artist to unleash his professional talent through Artify Jacó, a project that promotes the arts in…

False social media posts preceded anti-immigrant protest in Costa Rica
Nicaragua
2589 views
Nicaragua
2589 views

False social media posts preceded anti-immigrant protest in Costa Rica

Katherine Stanley - August 19, 2018

One day after dozens of people were arrested after a protest in downtown San José, where people expressed their opposition…

Off the eaten path: Ban Mee
Off the eaten path
3244 views
Off the eaten path
3244 views

Off the eaten path: Ban Mee

William Ayre - August 18, 2018

You might not expect to find an authentic Vietnamese restaurant tucked away on Calle 38 in Paseo Colon, near the…