Costa Rican president-elect completes cabinet lineup

14:45, March 26, 2010      

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Costa Rica's first female President-elect Laura Chinchilla on Thursday announced future ministers for the social sector, completing the 21-member lineup of her cabinet.

According to Chinchilla, this would be the first time in Costa Rica that more than 40 percent of cabinet members are women.

Chinchilla, who will take office on May 8, said that Maria Luisa Avila would retain the post of health minister, while Leonardo Garnier would continue as education minister.

Chinchilla recognized Garnier's work during the administration of President Oscar Arias, as Garnier reduced the number of student drop-outs.

She appointed Hernando Paris as Justice Minister, Sandra Piszk, who had been Defender of the People, as Labor Minister, and Fernando Marin as Social Welfare Minister.

The Culture Ministry will be headed by Manuel Obregon and the Housing Ministry by Irene Campos.

The Physical Education Ministry, to be created during Chinchilla's administration, will be under the charge of Guiselle Goyenaga.

The president-elect will also create the Ministry of Decentralization and Local Governments, of which Hojancha Mayor Juan Marin will be in charge.

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