Weekly Report - 01 November 2018

NICARAGUA: Relations between Church and State reach nadir

The government led by President Daniel Ortega accused the Nicaraguan Church this week of plotting a coup with far-right sectors at home and abroad. The allegation was based on an audio tape published by state media purporting to contain the voice of the auxiliary bishop of Managua, Silvio Báez, calling for more pressure to be brought to bear on the government to force it to the dialogue table. At this tense juncture, the US ambassador to Nicaragua, Laura Dogu, delivered a strikingly candid valedictory address to members of the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) in which she argued that the country’s “caudillo model needs to end now and power and opportunity need to be shared with everyone”.

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