FSNL, 1979 and today: Nicaragua's compromised revolution
Publisher: Europe Solidaire Sans Frontieres
Date Written: 25/07/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX19816
The Sandinista revolution happened over 30 years ago, but FSLN has completely altered within the past few years to a neoliberal organization.
After enduring a decade of economic strangulation and counterrevolutionary military attacks by the contra armies, the Sandinistas lost power to the U.S.-backed right-wing opposition in 1990.
Since then, the FSLN leadership has restricted internal democracy, colluded with the corrupt conservative governments that succeeded them and sought power again through cynical backroom deals. Its political stances became more and more moderate, if not downright conservativein 2006, on the eve of Ortega winning the presidency again, the Sandinistas endorsed a law that banned all abortions in Nicaragua.
But in the context of contemporary Nicaraguawhere Ortega enjoys tremendously high approval ratings and the opposition is dominated by reactionary figuresleft-wing opposition to FSLN hegemony remains weak and isolated.