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Weekly Report - 07 December 2017 (WR-17-48)

COSTA RICA: ‘Cementazo’ claims another casualty

At the end of last week President Luis Guillermo Solís confirmed the resignation of his deputy finance minister Fernando Rodríguez. He is the latest public figure to step down over the so-called ‘Cementazo’ – corruption cases which came to light in recent months involving the Costa Rican subsidiary of the Chinese cement exporter, Sinocem Costa Rica, and top public officials [WR-17-41]. Rodríguez’s departure comes as the latest poll by the Universidad de Costa Rica’s centre for research and policy studies (Ciep) indicates the impact of the scandal on public opinion and its resultant damage to the credibility of the country’s official institutions ahead of the February 2018 general election.

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