Nicaragua Rebel Rousers

A revolt in the ranks

For six years, through good times and bad, the contras have been led by only one military commander: Enrique Bermudez, 55, a former colonel in deposed Dictator Anastasio Somoza's National Guard. But peace, or at least the promise of it implicit in the 60-day cease-fire signed by the contras and Sandinistas in March, has triggered a power struggle that threatens not only Bermudez's leadership but also rebel unity. Unless quickly settled, the infighting could prevent further peace talks and leave the Sandinistas in an even stronger military position when the cease-fire expires at the end of this month.

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