The executive decree creating the federation was signed in October 2019 by Alvarado and the Ministers of the Presidency, Victor Morales, and Deputy Planning Daniel Soto, and published in February 2020 in the official gazette La Gaceta.
The revelation soon after that this team of professionals had already worked for more than a year caused a sensation in Costa Rica and an immediate rejection of almost all sectors, who happened to describe it as a violation of individual freedoms, persecution and unconstitutional.
Accordingly, the executive decree was canceled four days after its publication in the newspaper, and on February 28, 2020, for the first time in the history of this country, the presidential house was stormed by agents of the Judicial Investigation Agency and the Public Prosecution. .
The agents gathered evidence against union members and even against the president himself, from whom they confiscated two cell phones and a work computer, accusing the Public Prosecutor’s office of crimes of evasion, breaching personal data and abuse of power.
Two weeks ago, the representatives of the commission of inquiry summoned Alvarado, but in a session that will take place at the seat of the general legislative session, something that the President of Costa Rica considers unconstitutional, but he agreed to attend.
Lawmakers approved Tuesday’s proposal, stating that the morning session would be from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (local time) and the afternoon session from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (local time). Initially, Alvarado will get 30 minutes to be dismissed and defend the Al Ittihad formation.
The proposal allows not only the seven members of the commission of inquiry to question the president, but also the remaining 50 members, with a fair distribution, starting with the active members as representatives of their blocs or parliamentary groups.
Last Friday, when Alvarado announced that he would attend that session, he emphasized that he was only thinking about citizens and intending to provide the required explanations.
In his letter “ To My Country’s Citizens, ” he indicated that I have a great desire to explain to Costa Rica, to whom I owe myself, everything related to UPAD and to make clear that we have only tried to put in place better public policies based on data and evidence.
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