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Anti-Sandinista Opposition Hopelessly Divided

instead of unity, division and mutual accusations are what have prevailed.
Managua, Aug 27 (Prensa Latina) Nicaraguan political forces which oppose the Sandinista government seem to be hopelessly divided, and former president Arnoldo Alemán, leader of the Liberal Constitutionalist Party, appears to be the main culprit.

Attempts at unity for challenging the candidate of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) in the 2011 general elections have been on the opposition´s agenda all year.

However, instead of unity, division and mutual accusations are what have prevailed.

Alemán is hoping for a second mandate, even though he was tried and sentenced to 20 years in prison for crimes committed during his mandate (1997-2002).

He was later pardoned, but other presidential hopefuls do not see him as the ideal candidate of a unified opposition in the elections.

Aleman's main rival, banker and parliamentary deputy Eduardo Montealegre, declines to participate, and three weeks ago surprised everyone by proposing radio station owner Fabio Gadea, PLC delegate to the Central American Parliament, as a consensus candidate of the entire opposition.

Gadea and Alemán are co-fathers in law (Alemán´s daughter is married to Gadea´s son) and Gadea agreed to run provided that all other aspirants renounce their intentions, making him the sole candidate of the entire opposition.

In the latest developments, opposition groups have begun to talk about forming a colaition that would exclude the PLC and unite behind Gadea as their candidate.

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Modificado el ( viernes, 27 de agosto de 2010 )