Nicaragua’s Ortega Has a New Strategy to Counter His International Critics

a protestor against human rights abuses in nicaragua
A Nicaraguan citizen holds a signs that reads in Spanish, “Freedom for political prisoners,” during a protest against President Daniel Ortega in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Nov. 7, 2021 (AP photo by Moises Castillo).

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has long had a contentious relationship with democratic countries. But in the past few days, Managua took jabs at the EU, the U.S., some Latin American neighbors and even the Vatican. It seems Ortega has settled on a new international strategy to strengthen and perpetuate his hold on power.

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