March 11, 1990 |
The Sandinista-dominated National Assembly approved a sweeping amnesty law Saturday that guarantees officials and public servants immunity from prosecution for crimes committed during a decade of revolutionary rule. Sandinista legislators said that the Law of General Amnesty and National Reconciliation, which also pardons crimes committed by government soldiers and the U.S.
March 6, 1990 |
Benigno Blandon tends his potato fields each day with a machete in one hand and an AK-47 assault rifle in the other. At night, the 48-year-old farmer takes a two-hour shift guarding the Augusto Cesar Sandino peasant cooperative. Farmer and militiaman; militiaman and farmer--the job is one and the same for Sandinistas such as Blandon, who received land in the revolutionary government's agrarian reform.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1990 |
Nicaraguans living in Los Angeles pledged to put their political differences aside and "become one people again" during two separate rallies Saturday--one celebrating the recent victory at the polls of President-elect Violeta Barrios de Chamorro and another mourning the defeat of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. "We want unity and peace, not war," said a tearful Kenia Chamorro while leaving St.
March 4, 1990 |
Three hours after the polls closed last Sunday, a Sandinista pollster at party headquarters handed Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega returns from a carefully chosen sample of 55,000 voters that showed him losing the battle for reelection. Ortega was incredulous. Isn't the trend reversible? he asked. No, said the pollster, whose pre-election surveys had forecast a Sandinista landslide. "Wait, there are still more than a million votes to count," insisted Dionisio Marenco, the campaign chief.
March 2, 1990 |
In her first act as president-elect, Violeta Barrios de Chamorro appointed her son-in-law, Antonio Lacayo, to negotiate a smooth takeover of power from the defeated Sandinista government. That decision produced the first spat within her victorious National Opposition Union, the coalition of 14 parties that is supposed to run Nicaragua starting April 25. Party chieftains met Wednesday to complain that they were not consulted.
March 1, 1990 |
President Bush telephoned Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev on Wednesday to urge him to help bring about a peaceful transition of power from Nicaragua's Sandinistas to the newly elected opposition government, officials said. The unusual summit-level telephone diplomacy was part of a major effort by U.S. officials to persuade all factions in Nicaragua, from the leftist Sandinistas to the U.S.