Sandinistas win the Nicaraguan elections with overwhelming majority

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Helen Yuill, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign Action Group, www.nicaraguasc.org.uk Twitter: @NSCAG_UK

Elections took place in Nicaragua on 6 November for the Presidency, 90 National Assembly, and 20 Nicaraguan members of the Central American parliament.

Preliminary results based on the count from 66% of the polling stations give the FSLN 72.1% of the vote. The highest votes for opposition parties were PLC (Constitutionalist Liberal Party) with 14% of the vote and the PLI (Independent Liberal Party) with 5%.  Continue reading

Showing solidarity with those building a better world

latin-american-leaders (1)Aaron Kiely previews the Latin America ¡Adelante! Conference 2013 taking place this Saturday (7 December) at Congress House. The Latin America is now in its 9th year, and offers a unique opportunity to hear all about the latest developments in the region.

40 years ago the democratically elected left-wing President of Chile, Salvador Allende, was brutally overthrown by the forces of US imperialism in alliance with the forces of domestic reaction. Yet, today, led by countries such as Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia, progressive governments and social movements in Latin America are honouring his legacy by combating US intervention in the region, and showing unity through regional alliances for social justice and US domination. Continue reading

Another way is possible: fair trade, cooperation and solidarity

Current events and discussion on the crisis in the Eurozone and more globally, have raised interesting questions of democratic deficit, sovereignty over economic policy and whether countries can work co-operatuively together to improve economic and social development. Yet in Latin America, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA) agreement between progressive governments is showing a positive alternative, that puts people first. This blog explores how ALBA is helping the people of Nicaragua in areas such as health and education – one of the key reasons behind the Sandanista’s recent election victory there.

There will be a session on ALBA and one on Nicaragua at the Latin America 2011 Conference on December 3 at Congress House. The conference will  be addressed by speakers from Nicaragua, Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia and Brazil amongst others, plus MP Jeremy Corbyn. Register online and see the full programme hereContinue reading