President Carlos Alvarado appointed Ronald Flores Vega, former secretary general of his party, Acción Ciudadana (PAC), as ambassador to Italy.
On Tuesday, Alvarado signed the appointment of Flores, who led the group and collaborated fully in the recent election campaign that led him to the Presidency.
His appointment thus adds to the dozens of political appointments made by this administration, both abroad and internally.
Weeks ago, the Executive appointed embassies to former officials of the last administration and who were colleagues in the cabinet president Alvarado. Some of them are the former vice-president Ana Helena Chacón in Spain, and the former minister and former president of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, Fernando Llorca, in the United States.
President Alvarado also endorsed the political appointment of Rodrigo Carazo, former president of the PAC, as ambassador to the United Nations.
A political appointment occurs when the government prioritizes the appointment of a person outside the diplomatic career over the officials of the diplomatic career of the Foreign Ministry.
In the case of Flores Vega in Italy, communications minister Juan Carlos Mendoza defended his appointment on the grounds that he speaks Italian and that he has been a parliamentary adviser. The new ambassador is a civil engineer by profession, a degree he happened to get in Italy.
In addition to these appointments, the government announced that it will send career diplomats Lydia Peralta and Gustavo Fallas as ambassadors to Germany and Turkey.
The three appointments announced on Tuesday will be effective from September 1st.