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2022 Costa Rican presidential candidates at a January 19 debate. (Image: @EliFeinzaig)

Your guess is as good as mine. Costa Rica, two weeks out from elections, has a couple dozen presidential candidates but no clear favorite and a bevy of undecided voters. Expect a runoff.

While it's uncertain who will take the reins, a look at polls tells us what's on voters' minds in a country with a looming debt crisis, unemployment woes, and legislative stagnation. Learn more about the election and the top issues ahead of the February 6 first round.

Check out our Election Guide for more on this year’s votes. 

Habemus summit. This week, the Biden Administration finally announced the location of the delayed Ninth Summit of the Americas: Los Angeles. Much has changed since the first summit brought together hemispheric presidents in 1994, and AS/COA’s Steve Liston gets into questions about the June forum, starting with who will make the guest list.

What’s coming up in Latin America? 

  • January 27: Xiomara Castro has her presidential inauguration. We covered her November victory.
  • January 28: Pedro Castillo marks six months in office. Our colleagues at Americas Quarterly spoke with journalist Andrea Moncada about the Peruvian leader’s “oddly quiet start.”


—Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, referencing the year she was kidnapped by the FARC while running for president, announcing her second bid

Latin America’s tech startups are running into a roadblock: finding—and keeping—talent. Not only are U.S. companies poaching top employees, but the region’s educational institutions aren’t producing enough developers. Rest of World’s Vittoria Elliott covers what one founder described as a hiring “bloodbath.”

Portion of Brazilians surveyed by Datafolha who support Covid vaccinations for kids 5–11, despite President Jair Bolsonaro voicing opposition to giving shots to children. Brazil began the process of immunizing this age group on January 17.

Check out AS/COA Online’s piece on age eligibility levels in Latin America. También en español

ICYMI from Americas Quarterly: Reactions to Boric tapping Mario Marcel as finance minister. Three reasons to be optimistic about Central American democracy. Be wary of Argentina’s latest economic “miracle.” Consider 1980s Greece to understand what’s in store for Boric. 
This week, Brazilian singer Elza Soares passed away at the age of 91. Brazilian music journalist Felipe Maia writes about the unlikely rise, tribulations, and late-career resurgence of the woman who’s been called the “voice of the millennium.”
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