SAN JOSE - Costa Rica's transport minister
resigned on Friday following reports of corruption in his
ministry, making him the second member of President Laura
Chinchilla's Cabinet to fall victim to a scandal in barely a
Francisco Jimenez, minister of public works and transport,
told reporters he stepped down after Chinchilla announced she
had received evidence that two officials in his ministry took
payments for giving preferential treatment to companies involved
in the construction of a road along the San Juan River.
There was no suggestion that Jimenez was complicit in any
wrongdoing, Chinchilla said.
On April 2, Costa Rican finance minister Fernando Herrero
resigned after a tax evasion scandal.
Eleven out of 23 ministers in Chinchilla's Cabinet have
given up their posts in the last two years. Only three of them
have taken other jobs in the government.