Nicaragua: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

By Kevin Casas-Zamora

Ortega has been dismantling democracy for more than a decade. He is emboldened by impunity.

In December of 2008, in the wake of Nicaragua’s fraud-ridden local elections, I wrote a piece calling for the international community to prevent the country from morphing into the Western Hemisphere’s Zimbabwe, and Daniel Ortega from becoming Robert Mugabe. The election, held without reputable international observers and under the complacent gaze of a government-controlled electoral authority, was the first tangible sign that the end of the country’s brief democratic interlude was no longer a risk – it was a reality. Nothing much happened. A few European developing agencies...

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