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Weekly Report - 24 January 2019 (WR-19-03)

NICARAGUA: Jumping ship

Three high-level officials have quit in recent days – two justices from the 16-member supreme court (CSJ), Rafael Solís and Carlos Aguerri, and the head of Nicaragua’s banking superintendence (Siboif), Víctor Urcuyo. The most eye-catching departure was that of Solís, formerly a close ally of President Daniel Ortega and his political operator in the justice system (which, like all Nicaraguan institutions, is under Ortega’s control). The departures have sparked speculation that cracks could be appearing at the heart of the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government.

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