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Posted March 14, 2013 at 8:00 PM via web

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Who are the Sadinistas and how did they come to power? Is there any other country where this type of government has been sustained?

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chrisberg | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM (Answer #1)

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The Sandinistas are considered to be a revolutionary party made up of oppressed peasants and other victimized peoples who rose against the injustices of the Somoza regime in Nicaragua, which ruled in one form or another since the 1950s, culminating with the overthrow of the regime in the late 1970s through Pres. Carter's intervention.  The Sandinistas ruled as a junta, a type of military regime, that, in many ways, was more oppressive then the previous dictatorship.  The Sandinistas leader, Daniel Ortega, has been head of the country in one form or another since the dissolution of the Somoza regime.

As to a similar form of government elsewhere, Latin America has a few as does Eastern Europe.  Not as much as they did after the fall of communism in the early 1990s, but there are certainly similarities between them.  Specifically, I know Romania and Yugoslavia come to mind in Europe.  In Latin American, I think there are similarities in Bolivia, perhaps even Argentina.  I know there are many course offerings at major US universities that look into the relationship between Revolution and Latin America.

As to a similar form of government elsewhere, Latin America has a few as does Eastern Europe.  Not as much as they did after the fall of communism in the early 1990s, but there are certainly similarities between them.  Specifically, I know Romania and Yugoslavia come to mind in Europe.  In Latin American, I think there are similarities in Bolivia and maybe even Argentina, but I may stretching there.  I know there are many course offerings at major US universities that look into the relationship between Revolution and Latin America.

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