Nicaraguan Elections Breed Anger and Distrust

Having just been through a fresh revolution and the dismissal of a wildly disliked government, Nicaragua is at the present time creating a fresh upheaval. A country with merely 20 years of democracy under its belt, Nicaraguans are learning that exploitation and greed can penetrate democratic countries as well as dictatorships, and they are starting to protest about it.

After helping overthrow the Sandinistas in free elections in 1991, the U.S. was on sound terms with the latest government, and several countries were providing aid to the relatively improvised country to keep its democracy alive. At this point when strains are starting to surface and the future of democracy seems to be in trouble, many of those same countries have begun cutting back or stopping total aid to the country, driving it further into poverty. The Nicaraguan government has started being aggressive concerning the U.S. government, and U.S. businesses are now unwilling to invest in any new business in the region.

The fragmentation of the country began in November 2008 following local election and officials began talking about indiscretions happening in the system. Soon following that, the Supreme Court of Nicaragua decided that its former leader, Daniel Ortega, wildly disliked by the Nicaraguan people, could try for re-election in the impending 2011 race. Quickly the population started to distrust the entire governmental structure, and have now started staging protests and raising rhetoric to new heights.

Charges of taking away democratic freedoms are being hurled at the present government, as are insinuations that they are seeking to limit media access and regulate the news exiting the country. All of this, combined with the quickly increasing poverty level of its citizens, has led most to believe that violence will happen in the country before the 2011 elections. Opposition groups and human rights organizations have become progressively more voiced concerning their disapproval with the status of the government in Nicaragua.

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