05 June 2021 ~ 0 Comentarios

Cristiana Chamorro de Lacayo

By Carlos Alberto Montaner

Daniel Ortega froze. After all, he wanted to be told the truth. He didn’t want to be deceived, as in 1990, when he was absolutely sure that he was going to win the elections and he let Fidel Castro know. The old Cuban dictator didn’t want Ortega to risk his power in free elections. He was angered when Ortega explained that he was going to follow the Venezuelan path of Hugo Chávez, obeying the orders of Gorbachev, who was not willing to continue financing the Nicaraguan civil war.

Ortega received a very well-done survey. There were 1,200 interviews that reflected the political reality of the country. According to the numbers shown, if the elections had taken place the penultimate week of May, Cristiana Chamorro would have obtained 59% of the votes. Daniel Ortega, the alleged contender, barely 41%. What a family to oppose his projects to permanently control Nicaraguans!

Of course, Ortega would provide himself with an alibi to try to block Cristiana’s aspiration. He ordered that she be accused of “money laundering” and of having received money from corruption to support her campaign. But it was all useless. Nobody has believed it. The tables have turned. Nicaraguans still remembered how effective the government of Violeta Chamorro and Antonio “Toño” Lacayo was in erasing the traces of Sandinismo. With one stroke of the pen, it wiped out the hyperinflation that was eating away at the productive system. It returned some properties to their previous owners and the country began to grow and take off again. It kept the peace and with its initial impulse was able to transmit authority to two other liberal governments. There was not a third one because of the division among the liberals (Nicaraguan political illness) between José Rizo and Eduardo Montealegre. Toño Lacayo was Cristiana’s husband, until his premature death (2015), as a result of an air disaster. It was perfectly logical that the Nicaraguans looked to Cristiana as the salvation to get rid of Daniel Ortega’s savagery, already counting more than 300 dead opponents.

92% of Nicaraguans were willing to vote, as stated in the poll that Ortega had on his table, a higher percentage than in 1990. According to the election history, at the time of voting the number of those who went to the polls lowered to around 85%. In any case, there are many and Cristiana was somewhat better positioned than Doña Violeta. Her mother had obtained 55% of the votes. She, I repeat, had 59% in the said poll. But voting against the Sandinista Front was very different and much riskier.

Daniel Ortega is seen as a traitor not only by his adversaries, but also by the Sandinistas. Dánae Vilchez, a Washington Post contributor from Managua, in charge of examining the violations of Human Rights in this country, wrote an article under the title “Daniel Ortega, betrayer of the Sandinista revolution.” Eden Pastora himself, the mythical Comandante Cero (Commander Zero) who led the operation that got Ortega out of jail, and who recently died of Covid in Managua supporting the government, visited Madrid in the 1980s, invited by a television program directed by Mercedes Milá. He strongly criticized Ortega in front of the cameras.

But it’s not just about the unstable Pastora. The excellent novelist Sergio Ramírez, who was vice president of Nicaragua during the decade of the first Sandinista government, Jaime Wheelock, Henry Ruiz and Dora Téllez among many others, beginning with General Humberto Ortega, brother of the Nicaraguan dictator, have openly broken with the Ortega-Murillo couple. Dora Téllez has even compared Ortega to Somoza, saying that it is not uncommon among those who fight tyrants to end up looking like them.

It is true that Daniel Ortega killed and kills much more than Somoza. But more than 30 years ago Ortega believed that he was right and behaved like an idealistic young revolutionary who built socialism. He no longer builds anything. Socialism disappeared from the face of the earth and from his personal goals. Or better yet, he builds his fortune for the enjoyment of himself and his family. He is something like a new version of Somoza. A bald and sick old man, like almost everyone over 75, obsessively protecting himself from the attacks that a revived Rigoberto López Pérez is surely planning. (RLP was the poet who in 1956 exchanged his life for that of the founder of the Somoza dynasty.)

After all, the martyr poet was not a member of the “Sandinista Front,” which did not even exist back then, but of the “Independent Liberal Party” (PLI) that in 1990, when Ortega suffered his first electoral debacle, was led by Virgilio Godoy, Violeta Chamorro’s vice president. Again, what a family to oppose his projects to permanently control Nicaraguans!

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