Nicaragua: One Army, Under Violeta

One Army, Under Violeta

The question has hovered menacingly since Violeta Chamorro's upset win last February in Nicaragua's presidential elections: Would the defeated Sandinista National Liberation Front (F.S.L.N.) relinquish control of the army and police force that kept it in power for ten years?

After a month of mixed signals, the answer finally appears to be yes to the much disputed issue. The F.S.L.N. and Chamorro's transition team agreed last week that the Sandinista People's Army and the Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, should be "subordinated to the civil power of the president of the republic." In a seven-point document, the two sides also...

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