This year has begun with gusts of wind and storm clouds, as if nature were echoing the political events that we’re witnessing. “Thank God” proclaim the signs that have been celebrating the “Times of Victories” since months before the election of Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo.
Uncertain about the process of dialogue between the OAS general secretary Luis Almagro and the government of Daniel Ortega – a dialogue that culminated with an accord based on a report that has thus far been kept secret – the Group of 27 laid out its concerns Tuesday, Jan. 10, in a letter.
At 65, Rosario Murillo is considered Nicaragua’s most powerful woman. Poet, writer, and exclusive spokesperson for the government, she’s reached the office of Vice President of the Republic at the hands of her husband, Daniel Ortega.
Reforming the pension system is an ever more urgent task, given that the Nicaraguan Social Security Institute (INSS) has suffered losses for the fourth consecutive year (a deficit of US $44,295,000 in 2016), bringing ever closer the moment of an economic collapse if urgent changes aren’t made.
Written in the first person with a linear plot, the novel is dedicated to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, her teacher. The narration exudes poetry, and expresses the duel way that Cleo – or rather Wendy – is perceived.
Contrasting with the surprise vote in the United States, in November, other presidential elections were held in the region which did have a predictable outcome. With over 72% of votes, Daniel Ortega was reelected as President of Nicaragua for his third consecutive term.
On a national level, 2016 was a year marked by the reelection of Daniel Ortega via an electoral process with no credibility: the opposition excluded; no national or international electoral observation; and a high level of abstention. Internationally, Donald Trump brought new uncertainty as the president-elect of the USA.
On a short dead-end street in the Miguel Bonilla neighborhood in Managua, there’s a house with a distinctive trait: a huge rainbow flag waves in the entrance. It contrasts with the intense blue of the walls, one of them marked with letters announcing that you’ve arrived at La Rizoma, a cultural center founded by Gabriel Perez Setright.
Communications expert Alfonso Malespín and Azucena Castillo, director of the Radio Universidad station, share the conviction that freedom of the press is at risk in Nicaragua, due to a “State policy” of denying the independent media access to information, intimidating journalists and generating self-censorship.
The truck that Francisca Ramírez uses to transport her tubers to market had been in the parking lot of the Nueva Guinea National Police station since November 29. The front window is broken, the side mirrors aren’t there nor are the lights, and the tarp with which she covers her crops is torn.