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Nicaragua's Wave of Protests Is Ending -- For Now

Jul 16, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Paramilitaries surround the San Sebastian Basilica in Diriamba, Nicaragua, on July 9, 2018.

Paramilitaries surround the San Sebastian Basilica in Diriamba, Nicaragua, on July 9, 2018. The protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega appear to be losing steam, but the country's leader will still face many problems going forward.

(MARVIN RECINOS/AFP/Getty Images)

Three months after unrest began convulsing the country, Nicaragua’s government is slowly re-establishing control over the Central American nation. Though the government’s offensives will likely impose a relative calm, the prospect of renewed demonstrations will never be far away. President Daniel Ortega will be well aware that any serious unrest would do further damage to the economy -- thereby exposing rifts within the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front that could ultimately spell an end to his rule....

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