(posted March 15, 4:15 p.m.)- The Nicaraguan-American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) is backing opposition leader Eduardo Montealegre’s call to negotiate a new political accord with President Daniel Ortega.
“We can’t afford to demonize this process of dialogue between the ruling party and the opposition, otherwise we won’t get anywhere,” AMCHAM President Yalí Molina told The Nicaragua Dispatch.
Molina said it’s imperative that the legislative National Assembly help restore Nicaragua’s institutionalism by electing new magistrates, judges and other top government officials to replace the 30 functionaries whose terms in office have long expired.
AMCHAM says given “the political, economic and social situation in Nicaragua,” a “national dialogue” between the Sandinistas and the leading opposition bloc in the National Assembly is singularly important to resolving the government’s increasingly de facto situation and improving Nicaragua’s image.
The business chamber is also calling on the executive branch to improve its “fiscal transparency” and resolve property claims so as not to risk U.S. waivers and aid.