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October 7th, 2012 — Laura Chinchilla, president of Costa Rica, requested the immediate resignation of the Executive President of PANI (the nation’s child protection agency), Marielos Hernandez, on Friday.
Chinchilla requested Hernandez to resign from her charge immediately, due to a “need for adjustments in order to improve the work environment at PANI,” as well as the agency’s “efficiency.” The President asked Hernandez for an immediate resignation, despite the fact that there is not a candidate for the position yet.
This past week, over 100 workers in PANI signed a petition and delivered it to the Executive Branch. The petition requested a replacement for the PANI Executive President, based on her “passiveness in acting.”
In August, Walter Cespedes, a legislative official, filed a complaint against the PANI executive president before an ethics panel, claiming influence in cases involving minors.
Laura Chinchilla honored Hernandez’s job, and stated that the recent complaints filed were not the reason she requested the resignation.
Marielos Hernandez filed her resignation once their meeting was over. The Executive Branch says it will “continue to work towards improving the work environment of the 783 PANI officials.”