Nicaraguan Elections Breed Anger and Distrust

Having just been through a recent revolution and the dismissal of a widely unpopular rule, Nicaragua is currently starting a new upheaval. A country with only 20 years of democracy under its belt, Nicaraguans are discovering that exploitation and greed can infiltrate democratic countries in addition to dictatorships, and they are starting to protest regarding it.

After helping overthrow the Sandinistas in free elections in 1991, the U.S. was on good terms with the latest government, and many countries were offering aid to the relatively poor country to keep its democracy alive. At this point when tensions are starting to surface and the future of democracy appears to be in trouble, several of those same countries have started scaling back or stopping all aid to the country, driving it further into poverty. The Nicaraguan government has started being unfriendly concerning the U.S. government, and U.S. businesses are beginning to be hesitant to invest in any new companies in the region.

The disintegration of the country began in November 2008 following local election and leader started speaking about indiscretions happening in the system. Soon after that, the Supreme Court of Nicaragua pronounced that its former leader, Daniel Ortega, wildly unpopular with the Nicaraguan people, was able to run for re-election in the impending 2011 race. Quickly the population started to distrust the whole governmental system, and have thus begun performing protests and raising rhetoric to new pinnacles.

Accusations of removing democratic freedoms are being hurled at the present government, as are implication that they are trying to restrict media access and control the reports leaving the country. All of this, shared with the rapidly increasing poverty level of its citizens, has led several to think that violence will break out in the country prior to the 2011 elections. Opposition groups and human rights organizations have become progressively more verbal about their disapproval with the condition of the government in Nicaragua.

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