Nicaragua: Strike Force

Strike Force

The day he conceded the election in Nicaragua's presidential vote last February, Daniel Ortega promised supporters that his Sandinista party would "rule from below." Last week Nicaraguans got a taste of what that means, and President Violeta Chamorro learned that even out of office, the Sandinistas are far from powerless.

Encouraged by leaders of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), nearly half the country's 150,000 government employees staged strikes for salary increases of 200% and, more important, job security. When Chamorro took office last month, she suspended a Sandinista-passed law that prohibits firing government workers, most of whom are FSLN supporters....

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