Pinnacle Figure in Costa Rican Politics Dies at 96

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The name of former President Mario Echandi Jiménez (1958-1962), who died yesterday at age 96, will be linked in history for his tireless efforts to reconcile the country after the Civil War of 1948.

Yesterday, the aging Echandi succumb to bronchopneumonia that bothered him for three days only to later die due to a heart attack at 9:45 a. m., at the home of Gonzalez Lahmann neighborhood where he lived for 49 years.

“I remember him as a great Costa Rican, that during his presidency he never left the country and ruled when Costa Rica was divided. He was distinguished for uniting the Costa Rican family.” said Arnoldo Lopez Echandi, nephew and former vice president.

Echandi was evoked yesterday as the symbol of an era, skilled politician who was remembered by leaders of different parties as an honest man who served the public activity of dedication to service.

His remains will rest in the family vault in the General Cemetery and will be laid off today with a state funeral, at 1 p. m., at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

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