At least 277 special guests from different countries will participate in the commemoration of the 43rd anniversary of the popular Sandinista revolution, which is expected to be led by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.
It is about “277 comrades (who) come from so many countries, representing (political) parties, social and environmental movements, solidarity movements with the peoples that we fight in the whole world with love,” the vice president and first lady said this Friday. , Rosario Murillo, through official media.
Murillo did not specify if among those 277 foreign personalities there is a head of state or government.
July 19 is a national holiday in Nicaragua that has been celebrated since 1980, when it was decreed by the first Sandinista government (1979-1990) to commemorate the armed overthrow of the Anastasio Somoza Debayle dictatorship in 1979.
At the moment, Murillo has not said whether Ortega, a 76-year-old former guerrilla who coordinated a Government Junta from 1979 to 1984 and presided over the country for the first time between 1985 and 1990, will lead the central act of the event.
The commemoration of the revolution, whose culminating moment is President Ortega’s speech, will be held in the midst of the sociopolitical crisis that Nicaragua has been experiencing since April 2018 and that has left hundreds dead and tens of thousands in exile.
The crisis has worsened after the controversial general elections on November 7, in which Ortega was re-elected for a fifth term, fourth in a row and second along with his wife as vice president, with his main contenders in prison.
Ortega has been in power for 15 years and 5 consecutive months, amid allegations of authoritarianism and electoral fraud.