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Sun, 17 Nov 2019 09:48 GMT

Nicaraguan President Blames Political Crisis on Businessmen

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7Dnews London

Sat, 09 Nov 2019 11:47 GMT

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on Friday, November 8th, claimed that businessmen are financing an opposition "conspiracy" against the government in the wake of the deadly 2018 protests, according to media outlet, Deutsche Welle.  

Last year’s popular uprising left more than 300 people dead and 2,000 wounded, which started with demonstrations over planned cuts to welfare, according to AFP. 

The 73-year-old Ortega, during an event in the capital Managua on Friday November 8th, said there are businessmen "who are still in the conspiracy, who continue to finance the conspiracy."

Ortega was pointing the finger at representatives of the Higher Council of Private Enterprise, who supported last year's opposition protests, distancing themselves from the president, following his orders to violently quell the demonstrators.

The business union has, since after the April protests, became part of two opposition alliances that seek to resume talks with the government to resolve the crisis, as well as bringing forward the date of the next election to shorten Ortega's rule.

But Ortega had ruled in the 80s during the revolution, and returned to power in 2006, and won the elections in 2011 and 2016, in electoral processes challenged by the opposition, and now is refusing move the elections forward.

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