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Costa Rica: Challenges to stability mount

Costa Rica’s stable democracy faces some strong headwinds, including a slowing economy, political fragmentation and violence associated with drug trafficking. Now, measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic are taking a massive economic toll, smothering its lucrative tourism sector. Costa Ricans are responding positively to President Alvarado’s leadership, but the political and economic situation will become trickier once the crisis abates.

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