ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Without a Wall

THE defeat of Daniel Ortega and effectively the Sandinistas in the Nicaraguan elections, while a major blow to the revolutionary process, particularly in Central America, can by no means be termed an epitaph to the revolution of 1979. At the same time, the fact that the people of Nicaragua have, in what has been universally acknowledged to have been free and fair elections, chosen to remove the Sandinistas from government is a fact which must lead to some serious cogitation about the priorities, predilections and problems of revolutions in power. The conduct of the elections and the outcome, while at one level they bear testimony to one of the founding principles of the Nicaraguan revolution, democratisation, equally call to attention the fact that the several freedoms cannot in the absence of a strong economy sustain a revolution.

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