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Weekly Report - 08 August 2019 (WR-19-31)

NICARAGUA: Ortega terminates talks; plans own reforms

The dialogue process between the government led by President Daniel Ortega and the political opposition is over. Ortega had intimated as much at the 40th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution on 19 July but it fell to Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, the apostolic nuncio, and guarantor of the process, to confirm, on 1 August, that the government had decided to end talks definitively. The Ortega administration is now intent on advancing its own electoral reform, and to hold all future political debate solely with the elected political opposition in the national assembly, where the ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) has a resounding majority, rather than with the opposition movement Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD).

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