Ruta Costa Rica 2021 is the name of the list of promises that the ex-president and aspiring presidential elect José María Figueres put forth this Monday morning with an end goal of attracting supporters for the elections in 2018.
The creation of work to help 65,000 families out of poverty, along with the promotion of clean energy: biofuel and production of solar panels, stand out amongst the goals of the liberal candidate.
Figueres expressed that the goal isn’t to propose a government plan but rather a series of well thought out and quickly implemented actions that can be put into practice, even without the necessity of legislation, to strengthen the development of the country.
For the ex-president, who led the country from 1994 to 1998, the actions proposed could start to be executed from this very moment. Meaning there’s not a necessity -from his perspective- to be the elected president in order to put this plan into practice. He emphasized that he is talking about a plan of dialogue for the good of the country.
José María Figueres, son of the commander Pepe Figueres, declared his intentions to be the liberal candidate on April 2nd. The National Liberal Convention will be held in June of 2017.
During his promotional video of Ruta 2021 the aspiring candidate declared, “I went through frightening times,” referring to his first presidency. If he is the winner of the 2018 elections Figueres will become the second president to be reelected since the application of the constitutional reform on April 4th, 2003 which endorses the aforementioned process. The first was Óscar Arias (1986-1990 and 2006-2010).
Figueres was questioned for a suspected case of corruption in the tendering of 149 million dollars made by the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity in 2001 to the French business Alcatel for the installation of a network of cellular phones in the country.
The district attorney dismissed the case in 2007 and judged that there wasn’t a felony on part of the ex-president receiving $900 million in consultancies from the firm Alcatel.