Nicaragua near to catastrophe with Daniel Ortega.
"Good Fellows" : Daniel Ortega and Mahmoud Ajhmadinejad
In a country where the terms “crisis” and “bad governance” are synonymous with politics, Nicaragua is no stranger to near-catastrophic brinksmanship by power-crazed caudillos. But even by Nicaraguan standards, the latest political crisis caused by President Daniel Ortega’s push to extend his time in office has kicked the country’s tinny democracy precariously close to calamity.
Unlike past battles between Ortega’s Sandinista Front and opposition forces – tribal skirmishes that were mostly self-contained and had a sporting feel to them – this time the fight has been mostly one-sided and has caused collateral damage. On Tuesday, a mob of several hundred Sandinista thugs, armed with hand-held mortars, fired homemade fragmentation bombs at Managua’s Holiday Inn Select hotel. Inside the building, opposition lawmakers – whose various parties form the majority in the legislature but are rarely in agreement – were discussing how to counter Ortega’s attempt to reelect his cronies, and eventually himself. READ MORE HERE.