Science and technology minister resigns

Monday, February 14, 2011

Costa Rica's science and technology minister Clotilde Fonseca resigned on Friday (Feb 11), citing personal reasons, according to a statement on the science and technology ministry's (Micit) website.

President Laura Chinchilla accepted the resignation, and although she said she regretted the decision Chinchilla recognized some of Fonseca's accomplishments as minister, such as creating the national science and technology plan and the national innovation management program.

Prior to her exit, Fonseca submitted a final copy of the national science and technology plan, including with it a detailed management report and a schedule of ongoing activities.

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According to the resignation letter Fonseca submitted, while she inherited a low budget and staff with a low skill level, she is leaving the new minister with a better base.

Chinchilla has named the former director of Costa Rica's national high-tech center Cenat and the academic council Conare, Alejandro Cruz Molina, as Fonseca's successor, according to local media outlet Al Día.

Fonseca was the second minister to resign in the same week, after Guiselle Goyenaga quit as sports minister. Chinchilla has named the former planning minister Roberto Gallardo as the communications and liaison minister.