[Marxism] Nicaraguan query

Sayan Bhattacharyya ok.president+marxmail at gmail.com
Tue Nov 7 20:25:31 MST 2006


On 11/6/06, michael a. lebowitz <mlebowit at sfu.ca> wrote:


> Does anyone have any
> insights as to why the US was unsuccessful in getting that Right to
> unite? It's said that they tried, but when they really want to try
> something like this, they've succeeded in the past. So, why the
> spectacular failure there (while at the same time the trumpets blared
> about how they were going to throw Daniel into the briarpatch)? Was
> it that they underestimated Ortega and were counting on 2nd round unity?



The NY TImes says that the Right split because of the corruption
charges. Don't know if this is  the right explanation....


Here's what it says:


"Most political strategists said Mr. Ortega won because the
conservative anti-Sandinista vote split in two.

"After former President Arnoldo Alemán was convicted on corruption
charges, Mr. Montealegre and other conservatives broke away from the
governing Constitutionalist Liberal Party and formed the Nicaraguan
Liberal Alliance. As a result, Mr. Montealegre and Mr. Rizo, who
carried the banner for the old ruling party, divided the voters who
had consistently opposed Mr. Ortega and the Sandinistas in past
elections, defeating him three times."




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