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Anastasio Somoza's Heirs Seek Political Comeback in Nicaragua

ISSN:1089-1560
LADB Article ID: 53891
Category/Department: Nicaragua
Date: 2000-05-11
By: LADB Staff

For several years, heirs of former dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle (1967-1979) have quietly sought the return of their properties confiscated by the Sandinista government in 1979. Recently, the Somozas have tested their political welcome in Nicaragua as well. In February 1999, Javier Somoza Rivas, grandson of the Somoza clan patriarch Anastasio Somoza Garcia (1935-1956), announced the formation of a new party, the Fuerza Democratica Nicaraguense (FDN), to participate in the next municipal elections and to run a presidential candidate in 2001.

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