A national dialogue mediated by Nicaragua’s Episcopal Conference has been scheduled to start on 16 May to de-escalate anti-government protests that have lasted over 28 days, leaving 54 people dead.
Triggered by public opposition to government-imposed social security reforms, protests have evolved into calls for President Daniel Ortega and Vice-President Rosario Murillo’s resignation because of the violent police response to anti-government protestors. Pressure groups that are currently demanding Ortega’s resignation will participate in the church-led talks, including students, private business organisations, peasant movements, and academics. These groups are also pushing for justice and electoral institutional reforms to reduce political interference and allow for early elections, currently scheduled for 2021.
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