With a stunning wave of arrests of political opponents and civil society leaders, President Daniel Ortega will practically be unopposed in November elections.
Under President Daniel Ortega, the country is a step away from becoming a one-party state. Money-laundering charges against his main rival have heightened concerns.
The coronavirus is battering Latin American health systems and economies. It is also threatening the region’s fragile political freedoms.
The haphazard, politicized response to the pandemic by the country’s leaders has put the government’s own officials and supporters at particular risk.
A hero of the 1979 Sandinista revolution, he later turned on his comrades in arms, mounting an international campaign of political pressure and later guerrilla attacks inside the country.
The country is one of the last to reject the strict measures introduced globally to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Families say they are paying the price.
Baseball and soccer leagues carry on in Nicaragua, whose public health officials report relatively few coronavirus cases. Many others have doubts.
President Jair Bolsonaro, who has called the virus a “measly cold,” is the sole major world leader continuing to question the merits of lockdown measures to fight the pandemic.