Impending Elections in Nicaragua Stir the Pot

Having just been through a recent uprising and the dismissal of a wildly unpopular government, Nicaragua is now again creating a fresh upheaval. A country having only 20 years of democracy below its belt, Nicaraguans are learning that dishonesty and greed can penetrate democratic countries as well as tyrannies, and they are starting to speak openly regarding it.

After helping defeat the Sandinistas in free elections in 1991, the U.S. was on good terms with the new government, and many countries were providing aid to the fairly poor country to keep its democracy alive. Now that strains are starting to surface and the future of democracy looks to be in trouble, several of those same countries have begun cutting back or stopping completely any aid to the country, driving it further into poverty. The Nicaraguan government has become increasingly hostile concerning the U.S. government, and U.S. industries are now hesitant to invest in any new companies in the nation.

The fragmentation of the country began in November 2008 after local elections were finished and officials started talking about misdeeds happening in the system. Almost immediately following that, the Supreme Court of Nicaragua ruled that its former leader, Daniel Ortega, wildly disliked by the Nicaraguan people, was able to run for re-election in the upcoming 2011 race. Rapidly the people began to doubt the whole governmental organization, and have thus begun staging protests and growing rhetoric to new heights.

Charges of removing democratic freedoms are being thrown at the present government, as are implication that they are attempting to limit media access and regulate the news leaving the country. Altogether this, paired with the rapidly growing poverty level of its citizens, has made most to believe that violence will happen in the country before the 2011 elections. Opposition groups and human rights organizations have become gradually more voiced about their anger with the condition of the government in Nicaragua.

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