Rodrigo Chaves Brings Confrontational Leadership to Costa Rica

By Tatiana Benavides Santos

Clashes with the legislature and the press and high inflation haven't hurt Chaves’s high approval, but will it last?

Rodrigo Chaves’s administration in Costa Rica is facing multiple international and local challenges in its first five months, from high oil prices and a fiscal squeeze to a conflictive relationship with the legislative branch. However, a new, domineering style seems to be in part helping him so far to enjoy approval of nearly 80%, according to recent surveys. Observers are left wondering how long this can last if the administration’s results continue to be scarce. Besides high worldwide prices for the gas and diesel Costa Rica must import, the country faces an annual inflation rate of...

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