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Costa Rica leader wants name off bridges, buildings

26 june 2014, 13:30
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Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis. ©Reuters/Shannon Stapleton
Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis. ©Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis doesn't want his name on plaques at public works or his portrait hung in public offices, AFP reports.

In a decree signed Wednesday, Solis prohibited his name from being used on plaques inaugurating bridges, roads and buildings, as had been the custom in previous administrations.

"The works are from the country and not from a government or a particular official," Solis told reporters after the decree was signed during a meeting with the governing council.

He also banned his portrait from being hung in Costa Rican government buildings, a practice common in many countries.

"The worship of the image of the president is over, at least under my government," he said.

Solis emerged unexpectedly from the presidential race to become the first third-party candidate in more than half a century to win the top post in Costa Rica -- running on a platform promising transparency and to eliminate superfluous spending.


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