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members of a left-wing Nicaraguan political party, the Sandinist National Liberation Front (FSLN). The group, named for Augusto Cesar SandinoSandino, Augusto César
, 1895–1934, Nicaraguan revolutionary general. A farmer and a mining engineer, he joined the liberal revolution (1926) against the conservative government headed by Adolfo Díaz and Emiliano Chamorro. He protested against the new U.S.
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, a former insurgent leader, was formed in 1962 to oppose the regime of Anastasio Somoza DebayleSomoza Debayle, Anastasio
, 1925–80, president of Nicaragua (1967–72, 1974—79). The younger son of dictator Anastasio Somoza, he was educated in the United States. He assumed command of the national guard at age 21 and was elected president in 1967.
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. In 1979 the Sandinistas launched an offensive from Costa Rica and Honduras that toppled Somoza. They established a junta that nationalized such industries as banking and mining, postponed elections, and moved steadily to the left, eventually espousing Marxist-Leninist positions. The Sandinista-dominated government was opposed by U.S.-supported guerrillas known as contras (see NicaraguaNicaragua
, officially Republic of Nicaragua, republic (2005 est. pop. 5,465,000), 49,579 sq mi (128,410 sq km), Central America. Nicaragua is bordered on the north and northwest by Honduras, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, on the south by Costa Rica, and on the southwest by
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). In 1984, Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega SaavedraOrtega Saavedra, Daniel
, 1945–, president of Nicaragua (1979–90, 2007–). As a university student, he joined (1963) the clandestine Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN; see Sandinistas), a Marxist guerrilla coalition that opposed the Somoza dictatorship.
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 won the Nicaraguan presidency in an election that was boycotted by some opposition groups. In 1990 the opposition candidate, Violeta Barrios de ChamorroChamorro, Violeta Barrios de
, 1929–, president of Nicaragua (1990–97). Widow of martyred newspaper editor Joaquim Chamorro, she briefly joined the ruling Sandinista junta following the 1979 revolution.
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, defeated Ortega, but Sandinistas continued to hold important positions in the police and army. In the mid-1990s a rift in the party led many opposed to Ortega's domination of the party and concerned about the party's drift from original ideals, including several former members of the junta, to form the Sandinista Renovation Movement (MRS). Although Ortega again lost a bid for the presidency in 1996, the Sandinistas became the major opposition party in the national assembly; the MRS only won one seat. Ortega also lost in 2001, but in 2006 and 2011 he won the presidency again, running against a divided center-right opposition. Since 2006, the party has used street violence and judicial chicanery in an attempt to increase its hold on political power.
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Esta ruptura, sin embargo, significaria una estrategia ambigua por parte del presidente: utilizar sectores militares para consolidar la lucha contra las fuerzas sandinistas y, a la vez, desmembrar cualquier dispositivo que pudiera actuar en contra de Somoza.
As the Sandinistas defended themselves against increased U.
Nicaragua's ruling Sandinista party has swept the mayoral elections, winning over three-quarters of the votes cast throughout the Central American country Sunday.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a message on Sunday extended condolences to his Nicaraguan counterpart, nation and government on the death of Thomas Borge, the last living co-founder of the Sandinista National Liberation Front in the Latin American country.
Poet, statesman, and the last surviving founder of the leftist Frente Sandinista de Liberacion Nacional (FSLN), a guerilla movement that overthrew dictator Anastasio "Tachito" Somoza Debayle, the last of the Somoza family dictators who ruled Nicaragua from 1936 to 1979, Borge was laid to rest May 2 in Managua's Plaza de la Revolucion.
Las grandes expectativas que tuvo Mercedes Moncada cuando de nina experimento el triunfo de la Revolucion Sandinista en su natal Nicaragua, se fueron trocando en una inmensa decepcion como ella refiere en su documental Palabras magicas (para romper un encantamiento), testimonio filmico donde la cineasta replantea "pensar el presente no solo de mi pais, sino de toda America Latina".
The streets of the capital once again became an unruly mob scene as roving bands of masked Sandinista youth, party fanatics and state workers took to the streets to protest what they claim is "U.
America continued to oppose the party even after the election In 1990 election, the centre-right National Opposition Union, backed by the US, defeated the Sandinistas.
Under a power-sharing deal, the Sandinistas and Liberals each appoint eight members of the court and split influence over other agencies as well.
For many, the Sandinistas remain an example of leftist idealism, but for others, some of the exuberance has faded amid continuing economic hardship.
Last year, the Sandinistas were elected back to power and Mr.