Nicaragua: Minus Zero

A revolutionary hero departs

He was the most popular figure of the Sandinista revolution. In August 1978 he led the takeover of the National Palace in Managua, a daring assault that marked the beginning of the end for the forces of Nicaraguan Dictator Anastasio Somoza. After the Sandinistas seized power, the movie-handsome guerrilla became an almost legendary symbol of the successful struggle. Whenever he appeared in public, crowds would break into spontaneous applause for the man they called by his nom de guerre: Comandante Cero (Commander Zero).

But last week Eden Pastora stunned the Sandinista leadership by resigning as Vice Minister...

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