U.S. Envoy Pressures Opposition in Nicaragua

Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick met a onetime Sandinista loyalist Wednesday as part of an effort to thwart what Zoellick called a “creeping coup” by leftist Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega and right-wing former President Arnoldo Aleman. On a two-day visit to Managua, the State Department’s No. 2 official piled pressure on Sandinista and rightist opposition leaders whom Washington accuses of undermining President Enrique Bolanos, a U.S. ally.

That included Wednesday’s discussion with former Managua Mayor Herty Lewites, who is critical of his former leftist allies. Full Story

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