Minister named to run transportation agency

The president has named a new minister to take over the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes. He is Carlos Villalta Villegas, a 45-year-old civil engineer who has been an adviser to the ministry.

He replaces Carlos Segnini, who resigned.

The minister’s job has been described an impossible task. There are major problems in the management and the structure of the ministry.

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad is the agency that builds and maintains roads. It is part of the new minster’s responsibility.

President Luis Guillermo Solís promised to close down the agency before he was elected. But he has been unsuccessful.

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