Nicaragua. According to
Countryaah.com, Kravall police stormed the Foreign Ministry in
Managua in February, where students had entrenched
themselves with hostage staff. Occupants demanded increased
investment in higher education.
Pope John Paul II's visit that month was dramatic, with
massive student demonstrations and blast attacks on a
In May, former President Daniel Ortega was nominated by
his party, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN),
as a candidate in the presidential election.
Arnoldo Aleman, Liberal Alliance candidate, won the
presidential election in October with 51% of the vote
against Ortega's 37.7%. Aleman is a populist right-wing
politician and is characterized by his opponents as
supporters of the overthrown dictator Somoza.
Ortega accused the opponent of cheating, and it emerged
that doubts had existed before the election authorities
finally confirmed the result.
Aleman presented a government made up of representatives
from various parties, a government that will take office on
January 10, 1997.