Security & Strategic Review - June 2023

COSTA RICA: Chaves ditches security minister amid soaring violence

President Rodrigo Chaves and his right-of-centre Partido Progreso Social Democrático (PPSD) marked their one-year anniversary in office on 8 May. Two days later, President Chaves removed his security minister Jorge Torres, replacing him with Mario Zamora, a former security minister under former president Laura Chinchilla (Partido Liberación Nacional, 2010-2014). The move, which came less than a month after the government unveiled a new anti-crime plan, reflects its struggle to address rising insecurity, after Costa Rica registered a record 656 homicides last year [SSR-23-02] – a situation widely attributed to the growing presence of transnational drug trafficking organisations (DTOs).

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