Like the Arab Spring in 2010-2011, students have been at the epicenter of Nicaragua’s uprising from the beginning, but their discontent has spread like wildfire. Nicaraguans around the world are calling for change.
Although it is impossible to know what will happen in the hours and days to follow, it is clear that the rioting and looting over the last 48 hours has severely shaken Nicaraguan politics and economics.
Part one of a two-part series, Doctor Perez here looks at the events leading up to the September 6 elections, their implications for the second-round presidential elections and the potential for long-term institutional reform (difficult). The second post will examine the political situation boiling in Guatemala’s neighbors, Honduras and El Salvador.
“The greatest risk is uncertainty and fragmentation and policy inconsistency, at a time when the country desperately needs to address corruption within the state and transnational crime,” said Chris Sabatini, an adjunct professor at Columbia University and founder of the policy website LatinAmericaGoesGlobal.org.
Si bien la gente aparece molesta con los escándalos de corrupción, estos escándalos no son peores que otros problemas de tráfico de influencias y conflictos de interés que surgieron en años recientes. La diferencia ahora está en que la economía ya no crece.