The Urgent Need for Political Action in Nicaragua

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Foto de una manifestación en Nicaragua en 2019 Jorge Mejía Peralta / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 DEED

The urgency of effecting political change in Nicaragua through external pressure, and of recuperating a national civic space goes beyond merely removing the Ortega-Murillo dictatorship from power.

The destruction caused to the country, and the costs a democratic reconstruction will demand in both time and resources, make such mobilization something that can no longer be put off.

First, the total control over society that the regime has consolidated has been destructive to the country. Second, the level of destruction they’re causing to the country is such that, should a change occur in three years time, it would take another five years to begin to recover democratic and economic stability in the country. However, by then the world will also have advanced much more.

The international community, like the civic groups committed to a democratic transition and those who oppose the regime and want to be part of a national solution, must assume the challenge of beginning to transform Nicaragua now, because otherwise today’s disaster will be tomorrow’s irreversible backwardness. Postponing the transition in Nicaragua will condemn the country to remaining a failed and frustrated nation.



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