The nation’s president appeared to be stung by television reports that he was traveling internationally on a top-of-the-line Beechcraft King Air confiscated from drug smugglers.
The day after Repretel aired the story, the president, Luis Guillermo Solís, announced he was trading in the Range Rover for three less luxury vehicles.
An announcement from Casa Presidencial said that the trade would not cost the country anything. The announcement said that a Range Rover was donated to the Óscar Arias administration and the next president, Laura Chinchilla traded for a newer model.
The Repretel television segment said that the president was taking international trips at $75,000 each with the King Air.
Rival station Teletica aired a segment on the aircraft a day later, but made no mention of the president’s use of it.
Casa Presidencial said the trade of the vehicles was being done with Motores Británicos. The Range Rover was valued at 74.5 million colons, about $139,000, said the announcement. The three vehicles being received are two 2015 Discovery cars and a 2008 Freelander.
The president still will not have trouble getting around. There are other vehicles in the Casa Presidencial garage, and if they are out of service, the foreign ministry had a handful of luxury sedans.