SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
About Contact Subscribe Calendar Publish Print Donate

Americas | International | Front Page

Sat Nov 11 2006 (Updated 11/13/06) Sandinista Back to Power
The Sandinista Party’s Daniel Ortega was elected President of Nicaragua November 5th with a substantial lead, enabling him to win outright, without a runoff. The Liberal Party, which held the presidency since the Sandinistas lost it in 1990, had recently split over issues related to the conviction for corruption of the previous president, Arnoldo Alemán. Ortega has the enthusiastic support of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and is causing consternation in Washington.

Ortega was a revolutionary at an early age in the rebellion against the dictatorial Somoza dynasty. He was arrested at 23 and spent 7 years in prison, where he wrote the poem “I Never Saw Managua When Miniskirts Were in Fashion.” Released in an exchange for hostages held by his comrades, he joined forces with the insurrection that swept the Sandinistas to power in 1979.

Now 60, Ortega has changed, and claims religious faith, which recently caused him, as a legislator, to push through an anti-abortion law. While the Sandinistas received aid from the Soviet Union, Nicaragua, the second-poorest country in Latin America, must now deal with the United States for aid. While he promises to help workers, peasants and the unemployed, Ortega has also pledged to honor the Central American Free Trade Agreement. He is pitching his government as one of reconciliation, and his Vice President is a former spokesman for the Contras.

Ortega’s political career survived the accusation of his stepdaughter, Zoilamérica Narváez, that he molested her repeatedly as a child. She brought charges in court, but Ortega obtained immunity as a legislator until the statute of limitations for the crime ran out. Zoilamérica’s mother, Rosario Murillo, took Ortega’s side, and publicly attacked her daughter. However, there are reports that Murillo and Zoilamérica reconciled in the month prior to the election. Murillo was Ortega’s campaign manager.

PWW on Election | Who is the Real Daniel Ortega? | Democracy Now | Collection of Early Reports | NicaNet on Election: "Results Irreversible" | Argue/Liberation News

08/21/14 Longest Blockade of Israeli Ship in History — Zim Lines Ship​ Forced to Leave Oakland Port   Labor & Workers | Palestine
08/16/14 Sam Farr Votes Again and Again to Strengthen U.S.-Israel Military Ties   Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/16/14 WeCopwatch Reports on Protests and Police Abuses from Ferguson, Missouri   Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice
08/12/14 Youth Press Conference in San Francisco Calls Attention to Children at the Border   International | Americas | Immigrant Rights
08/09/14 Homeless Activists Urge ACLU to Take More Principled Stand on Criminalization of Sleep   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/09/14 Environmentalists, Farmers, Tribal Leaders Call for New Bay Delta Conservation Plan EIR   Environment & Forest Defense | California
08/09/14 Latino Activists Demonstrate in Solidarity with Children Detained by U.S., Killed in Gaza   Immigrant Rights
08/09/14 Community Calls for End to U.S. Funded, Seven-Year Siege by Israel's Military   Palestine
08/05/14 'Operation Chill' Provides Santa Cruz Police with New Weapon: Free Slurpees   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/04/14 Three-Time Killer Reinstated After Being Fired for Throwing CS Flash-Bang at Scott Olsen   Police State and Prisons
08/04/14 Angry Seniors, Teachers, Hotel Workers, Artists and Community Block Tech Buses in SF   Health, Housing, and Public Services