Nicaragua. According to
Countryaah, Former President and current leader of the Sandinist Party, Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional
(FSLN), Daniel Ortega struggled during the year for his
honor after his stepdaughter accused him of sex abuse. The
accusations created severe political contradictions. Ortega
claimed that he was subjected to a riot by political
opponents, and his confidence in him seemed to be firm in
the Sandinist Party. In May, he was re-elected as FSLN's
In February, 3,000 doctors went on a protracted strike
and demanded substantial pay raises. After a month, the
government declared the strike illegal and dismissed the
majority of the strikers. In June, a settlement was reached
which included, among other things. contained a hundred
percent pay raise.
During the year, the Paris Club granted Nicaragua
considerable debt relief since the country has succeeded in
meeting large parts of the International Monetary Fund's
(IMF) requirements for the restructuring of the economy.
In elections in the autonomous Atlantic coast in March,
the ruling Liberal Partido Liberal Constitutionalist (PLC)
received the most votes after a very low turnout, only 57%.
The violent forest and grass fires that ravaged Central
America also hit Nicaragua and reached its peak in May/
June when the capital of Managua's international airport was
closed during periods. The fires occurred as a result of the
most severe drought in 70 years in combination with the
weather phenomenon of El Niño. In October, Nicaragua was hit
by one of the country's most severe natural disasters when
Hurricane Mitch emerged. At least 1,300 people were killed,
most in an area in the northwest by the Casitas volcano,
which was hit by a large landslide.