Nicaraguan Elections Breed Anger and Distrust

Having just been through a new upheaval and the dismissal of a wildly disliked government, Nicaragua is now again starting a fresh upheaval. A nation having merely 20 years of democracy below its belt, Nicaraguans are learning that exploitation and greed can penetrate democratic countries in addition to dictatorships, and they are beginning to speak openly concerning it.

After helping defeat the Sandinistas in open elections in 1991, the U.S. was on good terms with the new government, and lots of countries were providing aid to the fairly unfortunate country to keep its democracy alive. Now that tensions are beginning to increase and the future of democracy seems to be in jeopardy, several of those same countries have begun cutting back or eliminating all aid to the nation, driving it further into poverty. The Nicaraguan government has become increasingly hostile concerning the U.S. government, and U.S. industries are beginning to be reluctant to invest in any new companies in the country.

The destruction of the nation started in November 2008 following local election and leader began speaking about irregularities in the system. Shortly following that, the Supreme Court of Nicaragua decided that its former leader, Daniel Ortega, wildly disliked by the Nicaraguan people, was able to try for re-election in the upcoming 2011 race. Swiftly the people began to be suspicious of the entire governmental system, and have thus started staging protests and growing rhetoric to new heights.

Allegations of removing democratic freedoms are being launched at the present government, as are insinuations that they are attempting to impede media access and control the news going out of the nation. All of this, combined with the quickly growing poverty level of its inhabitants, has led many to believe that fighting will break out in the nation before the 2011 elections. Opposition groups and human rights organizations have become increasingly vocal about their disapproval with the condition of the government in Nicaragua.

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