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Weekly Report - 3 May 2005

NICARAGUA: Protests take Bolaños administration to the brink

For a brief spell last week it looked as if President Enrique Bolaños might be facing the same fate as Lucio Gutiérrez in Ecuador or, earlier, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada in Bolivia. A student-led protest against a 20% increase in bus fares had mushroomed into a shutdown of Managua, clashes with the police, a military alert, and a Sandinista-led coalition of mayors formally demanding Bolaños's resignation.

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