Nicaragua will resume political dialogue between the government and the opposition Friday. The announcement was made by the Episcopal Conference after President Daniel Ortega submitted his written response to the proposal made by the catholic church on June 7.
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The Catholic church has been mediating dialogue between the government and opposition sectors to find a peaceful resolution to the political crisis and violence unleashed since mid-April.
The church has summoned "the plenary table on the National Dialogue for Friday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m.” The Bishops also announced “we will disclose the proposal presented to the president and the letter he sent us with his position and we will put it up for debate to search for consensus.”
So far, the contents of the church’s proposal are unknown. However, in early June the bishops said the document contained a proposal to “democratize” the country.
Nicaragua’s national dialogue was suspended on May 23 after the opposition and government were unable to reach an agreement. While the government requested an end to roadblocks and opposition-led violence, opposition leaders have contiuned to demand Ortega step down before concluding his presidential term in 2021.
After that, there were several reports of opposition attacks against government offices, public workers and Ortega supporters.
“We will be able to meet, overcoming the hatred, selfishness, and that incapacity to think about the common good and the necessities of the most vulnerable, of those who have the least,” Vice President Rosario Murillo said in a public statement.
Ortega’s response to the talks call came after Nicaragua’s “Civic Alliance” organized a national 24-hour strike, which is currently underway. Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes y bishop Silvio Baez, have expressed their solidarity with the strike despite serving as mediators for the national dialogue.
The Nicaraguan political crisis began in mid-April with protests against social security reforms that President Ortega later withdrew in order to avoid an escalation in violence.