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June 29, 1989
A former aide to Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega has testified that Noriega passed $500,000 to a political opponent of President Oscar Arias Sanchez of Costa Rica, a spokesman for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) confirmed. Richard McCall said a deposition provided this month to Kerry's subcommittee on terrorism, narcotics and international operations accused Noriega of contributing the money to the campaign of Rafael Angel Calderon. Calderon said the former Noriega aide who provided the deposition, Jose Blandon, was trying to discredit his presidential candidacy.
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May 10, 1990 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It happened one night in February over white wine and fish in Miami, when two young and decidedly fashionable couples were dining and reminiscing. Their conversation was relaxed and comfortable, full of discussions about family and an election going on that night in Nicaragua. The talk at one point turned to an upcoming big event in one of the couples' lives. Who, asked the President-elect of Costa Rica, would represent the United States at his inauguration?
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May 9, 1990 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rafael Angel Calderon, whose father's Costa Rican political career ended in exile, was sworn in Tuesday as president of Central America's most enduring democracy. Invoking his father's one-time populist ideals and briefly acknowledging the foreign activism and peacemaking role of his predecessor, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Calderon promised to tackle Costa Rica's deficit. He also pledged to help lead, by example, a region that until only recently has been torn by civil war and violence.
NEWS
May 9, 1990 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rafael Angel Calderon, whose father's Costa Rican political career ended in exile, was sworn in Tuesday as president of Central America's most enduring democracy. Invoking his father's one-time populist ideals and briefly acknowledging the foreign activism and peacemaking role of his predecessor, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Calderon promised to tackle Costa Rica's deficit. He also pledged to help lead, by example, a region that until only recently has been torn by civil war and violence.
NEWS
October 14, 1989 | DOYLE McMANUS, DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fund that Congress set up to promote democracy abroad has given more than $433,000 to opponents of the policies of Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez, who won the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize for his Central American peace plan, documents show.
NEWS
February 5, 1990 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rafael Angel Calderon, the son of a former president, won Costa Rica's presidential election Sunday over the candidate backed by Oscar Arias Sanchez, the country's beloved pacifist leader. Calderon, making his third run for the presidency at age 40, used a populist theme to end eight years of rule by Arias' National Liberation Party, despite its record of solidifying Costa Rica's standing as the most peaceful and prosperous nation in Central America.
NEWS
May 10, 1990 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It happened one night in February over white wine and fish in Miami, when two young and decidedly fashionable couples were dining and reminiscing. Their conversation was relaxed and comfortable, full of discussions about family and an election going on that night in Nicaragua. The talk at one point turned to an upcoming big event in one of the couples' lives. Who, asked the President-elect of Costa Rica, would represent the United States at his inauguration?
WORLD
October 22, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Costa Rica detained a former president on suspicion of corruption, days after placing another ex-president, Miguel Angel Rodriguez, under house arrest in connection with a bribery probe. Judicial sources said Rafael Angel Calderon, who ruled from 1990 to 1994, was detained for questioning about a $39-million loan from Finland to Costa Rica in 2001 to improve public hospitals. Calderon had left office at the time of the loan, but he helped broker the deal.
WORLD
October 30, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres has resigned as chief executive of the World Economic Forum after confirming that he received more than $900,000 for consulting services to the French telecommunications company Alcatel, the forum said. Former President Miguel Angel Rodriguez resigned this month as head of the Organization of American States over alleged payments from Alcatel.
NEWS
March 22, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
First Lady Barbara Bush will represent the United States at the inaugural of Costa Rican President-elect Rafael Angel Calderon on May 8, aides said today. Calderon met with Mrs. Bush earlier this week at the White House. It will be the first time the President's wife has been part of an official delegation to formal inauguration ceremonies of a foreign head of state. The Bushes' daughter, Dorothy Le Blond, was a member of a delegation that attended Throne Day in Morocco last month.
NEWS
February 5, 1990 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rafael Angel Calderon, the son of a former president, won Costa Rica's presidential election Sunday over the candidate backed by Oscar Arias Sanchez, the country's beloved pacifist leader. Calderon, making his third run for the presidency at age 40, used a populist theme to end eight years of rule by Arias' National Liberation Party, despite its record of solidifying Costa Rica's standing as the most peaceful and prosperous nation in Central America.
NEWS
October 14, 1989 | DOYLE McMANUS, DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fund that Congress set up to promote democracy abroad has given more than $433,000 to opponents of the policies of Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez, who won the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize for his Central American peace plan, documents show.
NEWS
June 29, 1989
A former aide to Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega has testified that Noriega passed $500,000 to a political opponent of President Oscar Arias Sanchez of Costa Rica, a spokesman for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) confirmed. Richard McCall said a deposition provided this month to Kerry's subcommittee on terrorism, narcotics and international operations accused Noriega of contributing the money to the campaign of Rafael Angel Calderon. Calderon said the former Noriega aide who provided the deposition, Jose Blandon, was trying to discredit his presidential candidacy.
SPORTS
June 12, 1990 | Reuters
Thousands of Costa Ricans took to the streets of the capital Monday to celebrate their country's surprising 1-0 victory over Scotland in its first ever World Cup soccer appearance. A cacophony of cheers and blaring car horns sounded across San Jose as conga-dancing fans paraded through the streets and jammed into a downtown plaza to celebrate the Central American country's debut in the 24-nation world soccer championship.
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