Thursday, February 21, 2019
Reform and opposition.
President Daniel Ortega’s government approved a new social security and tax reform in January that went into effect on February 1. The provisions relating to pension reform are almost identical to those proposed in early 2018, which led to an upsurge of protests across the country and nearly a year of violence and repression. The fact that Ortega is reintroducing the reform at this point sends a clear message that his government believes it has successfully crushed the protests and that it is not concerned about any fresh challenges that might arise in the near future.