The Ministry of Foreign Affairs fired the Costa Rican ambassadors in Germany and Turkey, Gian Carlo Luconi and Marcelo Varela. The dismissals of both officials are effective from July 31st.
The national embassies in these two countries will remain in the hands of the current deputy ministers, who will have the rank of business managers ai while the government appoints the new ambassadors. In the case of Germany, the embassy will be led by Marcelo Roldán; and in Turkey by Gustavo Ramírez.
Luconi and Varela were politically appointed by the government of Luis Guillermo Solís in 2016.
These two Costa Rican representations without an ambassador abroad join Nicaragua, since Eduardo Trejos will leave his position in the embassy of that country to come and lead the Directorate of Intelligence and Security.
Additionally, the ministry will fire three other ambassadors on August 31st.
Circe Villanueva, ambassador in Colombia since 2012, will leave her position. Villanueva, sister of the former president of the Judiciary, Zarela Villanueva, has a diplomatic career, so she will come back to work for the internal service of the Chancellery, as well as Javier Díaz, current ambassador in Guatemala.
Erick Román, ambassador in Cuba, will also stop working at the end of August.