Repressive New Laws in Nicaragua Reveal Ortega’s ‘Growing Insecurity’

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, during a rally in Managua, Nicaragua, Sept. 5, 2018 (AP photo by Alfredo Zuniga).
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, during a rally in Managua, Nicaragua, Sept. 5, 2018 (AP photo by Alfredo Zuniga).
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A package of laws moving through Nicaragua’s parliament will further muzzle the opposition and curtail the activities of independent media outlets, setting up another phase of repression under President Daniel Ortega. It is Ortega’s latest effort to silence dissent since mass protests against his rule raised the risk of civil war in 2018. Experts say the new measures are a sign of Ortega’s nervousness as he prepares for a presidential election next year, amid an ongoing political crisis and an economic picture that worsens by the day. The unicameral National Assembly, which is controlled by Ortega’s Sandinista National Liberation Front, […]

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