Nicaragua - Research Article from Governments of the World

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The Governmental System

Formally, Nicaragua was a constitutional republic throughout the twentieth century. In fact, many administrations came to power extra-constitutionally. During the era of the Somoza dynasty, the constitution was amended at the convenience of the Somozas by a pliant congress to enable the family to maintain its dominance in the political system. Even during the brief liberalization under Luís Somoza, elections merely produced "puppet administrations," which had no independence from Somoza control. Using the National Guard as an instrument of political intimidation, together with generous patronage for those groups willing to collaborate with the regime, the Somozas gave Nicaragua an authoritarian government that defied the rule of law, suppressed the political opposition, and routinely violated human rights. In short, Somoza rule made a mockery of constitutional government.

The Somoza regime came to an end on July 19, 1979, as a result of a popular insurrection that...

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