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Opinion: the danger of ungovernable narco-states in the Andes is growing

(Opinion) At first glance, Guillermo Lasso in Ecuador, Pedro Castillo in Peru, and Luis Arce in Bolivia - the three Andean heads of state - could hardly be more different.

Lasso is an elite liberal-conservative banker, Castillo a Marxist and political neophyte, and Arce a technocrat at the head of a left-wing populist mass movement.

But the three also have much in common.

They all came to power during the pandemic in countries heavily affected by COVID-19.

And all three are struggling with the consequences today: disrupted supply chains, inflation, unemployment, and impoverishment.

And in the wake of the . . .

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