Nicaraguan Elections Breed Anger and Distrust

Having just been through a recent uprising and the dismissal of a widely disliked government, Nicaragua is currently creating a fresh upheaval. A nation having only 20 years of democracy under its belt, Nicaraguans are learning that corruption and greed can penetrate democratic countries as well as tyrannies, and they are starting to speak openly concerning it.

After helping defeat the Sandinistas in free elections in 1991, the U.S. was on good terms with the new government, and several countries were providing aid to the fairly unfortunate nation to keep its democracy alive. At this time when tensions are starting to surface and the outlook of democracy seems to be in trouble, several of those same countries have commenced scaling back or stopping completely any aid to the nation, driving it further into poverty. The Nicaraguan government has become increasingly aggressive concerning the U.S. government, and U.S. industries are now hesitant to invest in any new companies in the country.

The disintegration of the nation began in November 2008 following local election and officials started speaking about irregularities in the system. Soon following that, the Supreme Court of Nicaragua decided that its former leader, Daniel Ortega, wildly disliked by the Nicaraguan people, was able to run for re-election in the upcoming 2011 race. Quickly the people started to distrust the whole governmental system, and have now begun staging protests and fostering rhetoric to new pinnacles.

Allegations of taking away democratic freedoms are being hurled at the existing government, as are implication that they are attempting to limit media access and regulate the information going out of the nation. Altogether this, combined with the rapidly increasing poverty level of its residents, has made most to feel certain that fighting will break out in the nation before the 2011 elections. Opposition groups and human rights organizations have become progressively more voiced concerning their disapproval with the condition of the government in Nicaragua.

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