Tell me about the Nicaragua election that just happened and?
what implications the media has on the election
- Janis GLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
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Daniel Ortega, former Nicaraguan president and President-elect, and his wife Rosario Murillo, wave during an appearance in Managua, Nicaragua, Wednesday, Nov, 8, 2006. (AP Photo/Edgard Garrido)
MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- A beaming Daniel Ortega, who spent the 1980s fighting a U.S.-backed insurgency, said in his presidential victory speech Wednesday night that he would work closely with other leftist leaders in Latin American, while rejecting U.S. Republicans and the Iraq war.
After spending the day in meetings aimed at calming critics shaken by his return to power, Ortega gave a rousing speech before a sea of supporters calling for increased trade with all countries, including the United States. He blasted naysayers who warned his victory would scare away investors, saying "days have passed, and the country is calm."
In a veiled reference to the U.S. warnings against his return to power, he said: "The sovereignty of Nicaragua has triumphed!"
And he informed the crowd that the American people had thrown Republicans out of Congress in elections on Tuesday "because they are bent on maintaining a war that has been rejected by the entire world."
"I hope that the U.S. government listens to its people and pulls its troops out of that country," he said.
Mixing revolutionary songs with calls for peace and love, the speech echoed many of Ortega's campaign promises and showed the tug-of-war he faces in the next five years as Nicaragua's leader.
He has promised to fight for the rights of the poor, eradicate poverty and stay close to leftist leaders like Cuba's Fidel Castro and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. This while maintaining relations with Washington and building on the newly approved Central American Free Trade Agreement with the United States.
U.S. State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said Wednesday that cooperation with Ortega and his Sandinista colleagues will be "based on their action in support of Nicaragua's democratic future."
Ortega thanked his leftist "brothers" in Latin America, including U.S. foes Chavez and Castro.
Castro, a key backer of Ortega's leftist government in the 1980s, said Ortega's win "fills our people with joy, at the same time filling the terrorist and genocidal government of the United States with opprobrium." Chavez has said he and Ortega would be "uniting as never before" to construct a socialist future.
But Ortega also says he has changed since his 1985-90 presidency, which saw Soviet-backed Nicaragua descend into economic chaos under radical economic policies, including property seizures, and destruction from the U.S.-financed Contra insurrection.
On Wednesday, the new leader reassured business leaders that their investments were safe and promised to improve labor and environmental laws while respecting property and business contracts.
"No one is going to allow the seizure of property big or small," he said, adding: "We need to eradicate poverty, but you don't do that by getting rid of investment and those who have resources."
Chris Berry, one of the business leaders who met with Ortega, said he was more worried about possible U.S. sanctions against Ortega than the man himself.
"My fears aren't really about Ortega," said Berry, general manager and part owner of the Pelican Eyes resort in San Juan del Sur who holds both American and Nicaraguan citizenship. "He's among a group of wealthy men who want to protect their investments."
Second-place presidential candidate Eduardo Montealegre told a local television show on Wednesday that he would "use every connection I have to make the relationship with the U.S. work."
"We can't afford to give Ortega an excuse to let his only support be Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez," the Harvard-educated banker said, adding: "I will become an important channel so he doesn't fall into Chavez's hands."
The victory capped Ortega's 16-year quest to get his old job back. After losing the presidency to Violeta Chamorro in 1990, he ran two consecutive, unsuccessful presidential campaigns.
Ortega's party appears to have maintained most of its 38 seats in Congress, but the right was split. Montealegre's new Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance, which broke away from the Constitutionalist Liberal Party of former President Arnoldo Aleman, robbed the ruling party of its 41-seat plurality. Each party appears to have about two dozen seats and it was unclear if the rival Liberal parties would unite against Ortega.
As an opposition leader, Ortega forged several alliances of convenience with his old foe Aleman, whose backers revolted against outgoing President Enrique Bolanos when the he oversaw the prosecution of Aleman on corruption charges.
Those agreements stripped the presidency of key powers, so Ortega will need to rely heavily on Congress' support when he takes office Jan. 10.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
ortega won the election