Who is Rodrigo Chavez?
Chaves is a technocrat who worked at the World Bank for nearly three decades and briefly served as finance minister under President Carlos Alvarado before leaving over disagreements with the president over fiscal policy.
Chaves’ economic experience was one of the most attractive pillars for Costa Ricans who have suffered the worst effects of economic mismanagement and the recession caused by the pandemic.
Despite his affiliation with the outgoing administration, he stands out its humble origins and the lack of misconduct by his party, due to his relatively short time in politics, to present himself as an anti-establishment and anti-corruption crusader.
Chaves promises to defend law and order against the country’s traditional political class, even going so far as to suggest the death penalty for acts of public corruption.
In addition, he has advocated for the standardization of pensions, tax reform and investments in green energy. But past accusations of sexual harassment against him have sparked a huge backlash, particularly from women.
Party and proposals of Chaves
Chaves is the leader of the conservative Social Democratic Progress party. Next we show you the proposals with which it was crowned in the elections.
The president wants to promote youth employment by offering incentives to employers. He has said that he intends, through decrees, to reduce the cost of goods and services such as electricity, medicine and rice.