Nicaragua Caught Between Extremes

Chamorro navigates her way back from the brink of chaos

This time the Sandinistas got what they wanted. After 10 days of paralyzing and often violent labor strife, the government of Violeta Barrios de Chamorro capitulated to the demands of pro-Sandinista government employees. Despite Chamorro's effort to hold the line on government spending, the National Workers' Front was granted a 43% wage hike for July and was promised another unspecified increase next month. The 800 public servants fired since Chamorro's inauguration on April 25 were granted compensation. And the government suspended plans to return to private ownership properties confiscated during the 10 years of Sandinista rule. With those concessions, virtually every...

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