Fury Swells in Nicaragua as Election Time Nears

Having just been through a recent revolution and the dismissal of a widely hated government, Nicaragua is currently creating a new upheaval. A nation having just 20 years of democracy below its belt, Nicaraguans are learning that exploitation and greed can penetrate democratic countries as well as tyrannies, and they are beginning to make noise about 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 pouring aid into the fairly poor nation to keep its democracy alive. At this point when tensions are beginning to increase and the outlook of democracy appears to be in trouble, several of those same countries have begun scaling back or stopping completely any aid to the nation, driving it further into destitution. The Nicaraguan government has become increasingly aggressive regarding the U.S. government, and U.S. businesses are now unwilling to invest in any new business in the region.

The disintegration of the nation began in November 2008 after local elections were finished and officials started talking concerning the irregularities in the system. Soon after that, the Supreme Court of Nicaragua ruled that its former leader, Daniel Ortega, wildly disliked by the Nicaraguan people, could run for re-election in the impending 2011 race. Rapidly the people started to be suspicious of the entire governmental organization, and have thus started performing protests and growing rhetoric to new heights.

Allegations of removing democratic freedoms are being thrown at the present government, as are implication that they are attempting to restrict media access and control the news exiting the nation. All of this, paired with the rapidly growing poverty level of its residents, has led many to believe that fighting will happen in the nation 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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