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A spokesman for Daniel Ortega, the Sandinista leader voted out as president of Nicaragua, says some 16 U.S. publishers are interested in Ortega's biography. Ortega is in New York discussing the matter. "It will be personal, not polemical," Paul S. Reichler, a longtime adviser to the Sandinistas, told The New York Times, "although it will of course talk about the triumph of the Sandinista revolution, its confrontations with the United States and the recent elections."
January 16, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega accused the opposition of plotting to create a "situation like Panama" by withdrawing from the Feb. 25 national elections. He said he told Elliot Richardson, a former U.S. attorney general who is monitoring the campaign and election for the United Nations, that he fears such a ploy would set the stage for the United States to declare the election fraudulent and invade the country.
February 23, 1990
Violeta Barrios de Chamorro's UNO campaign adviser Alfredo Cesar may have been double-speaking when he said, "To convince the people to vote for Violeta and not for Daniel Ortega, we had to convince them that their vote is secret" (Part A, Feb. 19). This does not jibe with reports from Nicaragua's hinterlands that pro-UNO forces are trying to convince the people that their votes will be known to them through "UNO's highly sophisticated computer system" and that they will be subject to retaliation if they vote for the Sandinistas on Sunday.
February 9, 1988
I read an editorial ("The Case Against Aid," Feb. 2) in The Times urging Congress to vote against aid to the Contras. I watched on C-Span TV on Feb. 3 as 219 members of the House voted down aid to the Contras. These actions caused me to remember the late 1930s, and what turned out to be the beginning of World War II. At that time England had Neville Chamberlain, who believed that Adolf Hitler could be trusted. Now we have 220 Neville Chamberlains--219 congressmen and The Times--who believe that Daniel Ortega can be trusted.
October 24, 1996 | Reuters
Nicaragua's highest electoral authority Wednesday announced a weeklong recess in counting votes in disputed presidential elections held Sunday and said they will not announce an official winner until all results have been double-checked. Rosa Marina Zelaya, head of the Supreme Election Council, said the final tally will be based on electoral documents collected province-by-province and not summaries sent by radio, fax or telegram.
August 19, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A decade after the U.S.-backed Contra war helped force him to end his socialist rule, Daniel Ortega proclaimed himself a changed man and began a campaign to retake Nicaragua's presidency. At his opening campaign rally in Puerto Cabezas, Ortega signed a pledge to implement autonomy for Nicaragua's Caribbean coast, something he fought a bloody war to prevent when he was president. "We have to admit it.
October 29, 2006 | Hector Tobar, Times Staff Writer
The old guerrilla fighter has many battle scars. He'll roll up his pant leg and show you his prosthetic device if you're interested. Years ago, during the war, he lost his leg when he stepped on a mine laid by his enemies, the Sandinistas. It's been a long time since Jose "the Jackal" Talavera has tried to kill Sandinistas. The leftists haven't ruled the country for 16 years, but the onetime Contra commander still despises them.
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