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Newsline: Exiled Nicaraguan ambassador ‘fed up’

He was President Daniel Ortega’s representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), but when speaking to its general assembly in March, he denounced the “dictatorship” back home and blasted the detention of 177 political prisoners. On March 23, McFields decided he had had enough. Speaking to AFP by telephone from the United States, McFields talked about how the bloody repression of anti-government protests four years ago — which left 355 dead, dozens imprisoned and thousands fleeing into exile, according to human rights groups — had disillusioned him. (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/exiled-nicaraguan-ambassador-fed-up-with-cruelty/ar-AAWjx4A) Last November, former guerrilla Ortega, 76, won a fourth consecutive mandate as several potential rivals sat in detention, with no genuine competition available to stand. He rules with absolute power, backed up by his wife, Vice-President Rosario Murillo.

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