Sandinista Communism and Rural Nicaragua

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By signing the Tesoro Beach agreement in February 1989, the Sandinistas agreed to hold free and fair elections in Nicaragua. The elections have been scheduled for February 25, 1990, when voters are to select the country's president, vice-president, National Assembly, and hundreds of municipal authorities and local officials. In April 1989 the Nicaraguan National Assembly agreed to reform the electoral and media laws. The Supreme Electoral Council, which is the chief arbiter of the elections, was restructured apparently to include representatives from Nicaragua's opposition parties. Council members were handpicked by President Daniel Ortega, however, and the body has been dominated by the ruling FSLN with no representatives from the National Opposition Union ( UNO). The government invited international observers to the elections, including representatives from the OAS and the UN. But local diplomats have not officially been allowed to observe the February balloting, and visas have been denied for a 20member congressional delegation chosen by President George Bush.

In February 1989 the authorities adopted a new media law allegedly to provide equal access on state radio and television to all political parties. Yet the time allocated for

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