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Weekly Report - 14 March 2019 (WR-19-10)

NICARAGUA: Fragility of dialogue process laid bare

Days after the relaunch of dialogue between the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by President Daniel Ortega and the Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) [WR-19-09], the opposition pulled out. It conditioned its return on signs of “genuine will” on the part of the government at finding a solution to the crisis. These signs include the release of all political prisoners (which number over 700). While talks have again resumed after Ortega pledged to release a “significant group of political prisoners” (a promise as yet unfulfilled), doubts persist as to the likelihood of any real success given the government’s intransigence with regard to another key ACJD demand – early elections.

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