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Feb 04 2018 02:14:00
Costa Rica elections: Political storm brewing in paradise
Uncertainty reigns in Costa Rica's presidential elections, where 13
candidates hope to charm a disenchanted electorate. Known as a bastion
of stability, the "Switzerland of Latin America" could be headed for
One candidate has a rhetoric comparable to that of Donald Trump and
another is vying for votes by opposing equal rights for the LGBTQ
community. The campaign trail towards Sunday's Costa Rican
presidential election is strewn with populism.
It has become a global phenomena in recent years, but it is striking
to see it in a country like Costa Rica. The small Central American
nation has long been considered a model of stability for its neighbors
and the region.
Yet, it appears that even the "Switzerland of Latin America" is not
immune to crisis.
Josette Altmann, from the social science institute Secretaria General
de la Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) described
to DW what she considers an "atypical" election. "A process such as
this has not been seen for at least 50 years. This indicates that
Costa Rica, which once was merely an observer of Latin American
trends, is now a part of them. But the schism is not so much
political, as it is social."