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Ortega goes from Marx to Jesus

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Ex-Sandinista and former US public enemy no 1 Daniel Ortega is leading in the Nicaraguan presidential race. Ortega has also apparently had a Damascene conversion if you take his word:

    The one-time ardent Marxist leader who dominated the 1980s has recast himself as a devout Catholic and regular churchgoer.
    Throughout the campaign that culminates with today’s presidential election, the former president has praised God in speeches and asked Him to help Nicaragua — the second-poorest country in the hemisphere — rise up from the depths of poverty and despair.

    To critics, Mr. Ortega is so intent on winning today’s election after losing two previous presidential bids, he’s shown a willingness to do and say whatever it takes to succeed.
    But others accept Mr. Ortega’s expressions as genuine, including many in Nicaragua’s Catholic Church, which Mr. Ortega often accused of collaborating with the CIA during the Contra war of the 1980s.
    Mr. Ortega scored points with devout Catholics by backing Nicaragua’s recent passage of a strict law against abortion.

Written by Admin

November 7, 2006 at 10:30 am

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  1. I think Mr Ortega should be given the benefit of the doubt.
    Mind you no-one should still vote for him as it appears his economic policies arevjust as silly now as they were back then

    Bring Back EP at LP

    November 7, 2006 at 10:47 am

  2. OT: Bring back elegant, smaller template with detailed recent comments bar!!

    PS: No, I won’t start posting under that demand.


    November 7, 2006 at 10:51 am

  3. totally agree with Currency Bludger re recent comments bar.

    Bring Back EP at LP

    November 7, 2006 at 10:58 am

  4. Ortega demonstrates (again) that the common factors of some left and non-left people include the authoritarian tendency and economic irrationalism.

    Rafe Champion

    November 7, 2006 at 2:19 pm

  5. Homer, are you changing your nic to Bring Back CL ASAP?


    November 7, 2006 at 4:07 pm

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