Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Arias off to Brazil, will miss August 2 ceremonies

(Inside Costa Rica) - Costa Rican president Oscar Arias announced yesterday that he will not be attending the ceremonies of August 2 at the Basilica de la Virgen de Los Angeles, in Cartago.

The president leaves for Brazil today for a meeting with Brazilian president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, on Thursday.

This will be the first time since the Figueres Olsen administration that the country's president will not take part in the annual religious ceremonies in Cartago.

Taking Arias' place will be the vice-president Laura Chinchilla, who will be acting as interim president while Arias is in Brazil.

Accompanying the president is Foreign Affairs minister Bruno Stagno and the Trade minister Marco Vinicio Ruiz, in addition to Jose Leon Desanti, president of the state refinery (Recope).

Not accompanying his brother on this trip is Rodrigo Arias, chief of staff.

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