Ortega Offers Nicaragua “Reconciliation” & a Rice and Beans Economy

Rosario Murillo, Daniel Ortega and Gustavo Porras. Foto: el19digital


He didn’t mention the political prisoners, exiles or victims of the massacre

He gave a New Year message from his El Carmen bunker and ignored the GIEI report, the United States sanctions and the Nica Act.


By Maynor Salazar  (Confidencial)

HAVANA TIMES – In his last speech of the outgoing year, Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega kept silent about the report of international human rights organizations, which point to his regime as responsible for the worst bloodbath in the country’s history in times of peace. Nor did he say a word about the approval of the Nica Act, which establishes harsh US political and economic sanctions against his regime.

With the excuse of offering a New Year message, Ortega left his room and stood in the conference hall of his residence/bunker, to deliver his last speech of 2018, backed by his wife Rosario Murillo, Fidel Moreno, Secretary General of Managua Mayor’s Office (sanctioned with the Magnistsky Law) and by Gustavo Porras, President of the National Assembly.

Ortega stressed that the road to peace is “reconciliation,” and that the people, despite the difficulties that lie ahead in 2019, will know how to “work to get ahead.” The dictator said that in 2019 the battle for justice and peace will continue, “convinced that this goal will be achieved.”

“This is a heroic and courageous people, that in spite of the difficulties knows how to work, to advance, to open roads where obstacles are present and it is the challenge we have for 2019, to continue opening the way so that in this new path we can advance with more speed and quickly towards our goals,” said Ortega.

The “gallo pinto” (rice and beans) economy

The government repression against the civic protests dynamited a privileged relationship, revealing the fragility of the national economy, assured the economist Jose Luis Medal.

Surrounded by statistics that show the new failure of his economic management, Daniel Ortega proposed weeks ago to apply in the country a “gallo pinto” economy, appealing to the creativity and resistance of Nicaraguans to endure the hardships of an economic debacle caused by himself.

The problem is that this proposal is a fallacy, “a total absurdity, because taxes are not collected from rice and beans, which are tax-exempt. Taxes are collected from the sale of televisions, vehicles, and the formal sector of the economy.” Medal recalls.

Although it is true that “about 50% of the population already lives in the ‘gallo pinto’ economy, if vehicles are not sold—whose sale fully contracted this year—if the formal sector of the economy does not work, which is what generates fiscal revenues that allow the Government to function, how is the budget going to be covered?” He questioned.

“Remember that the Government has already adopted certain measures: it reduced the budget, which is contractive measure of the economy, and tax revenues have fallen. A “gallo pinto” economy does not generate fiscal revenues to maintain a state bureaucracy,” he emphasized.

During his last speech, Ortega indicated that “the challenges are huge, it is true, no one can deny it, but the people have showed that even in the biggest catastrophes, tragedies, they overcome them.”

The dictator insisted that Nicaragua has made progress despite the difficulties, and pointed out that it is a people of great faith, tenacity, laborious and creative. “These virtues, accompanied by the value of solidarity, become a powerhouse at moments like this, to resume or open new roads, new paths to peace, stability and the wellbeing of our families,” he stated.

Ortega got sentimental, and recalled that his government has inaugurated many public works despite the political and ideological differences. He spoke about the project of the road to Bluefields, adding that after it is finished, they will build a port so as not to depend entirely on those located in Costa Rica and Honduras.

“We will have our own port to export Nicaraguan products and import products from other regions, and to import the necessary inputs to develop economic activities in our country…and schools, health centers, roads, and paved streets could continue to be built,” said the dictator in a hopeful tone.

His New Year message ended with a kind of personality cult. All applauding, holding their hands and then singing the Ode to Joy.

9 thoughts on “Ortega Offers Nicaragua “Reconciliation” & a Rice and Beans Economy

  • Nacionalista, you are the farthest thing from a nationalist that I can think of. Besides being unable to say one word about the content of the article, here you are criticizing the Chamorro family on the date that the journalist and National Hero, Pedro Joaquin Chamorro, was killed by Somoza’s National Guard (Jan. 10, 1978). And by the way your wonderful “nationalist” government of Ortega and Murillo had great relations with your enemy, the United States and its corporate world, for the last 11 years. Of course that all changed last April…

  • The writer is By Maynor Salazar (Confidencial)
    This virtual news is directed by the Chamorro family a number one family serving the interest of the USA.
    Just google search this family and you will discover that this family only serve their interest and the interest that is promise when the regime change will happen if this happen in the future. Cinco is a non profit organization controlled by the Chamorro family that is directly finance by the USaid and other agencies that the main purpose is to destabilized governments in Latin America that not agree to US dominant policies and their interest. The whole political and economic system in place in the world is owned by western nations leading by US and Europe. In order to be on top of the world the majority must remain oppressed and exploited.

  • Well put

  • Is this an article or an op ed?
    In either case, the writing seems to wander.
    I read it and found that I,had,not,learned much, nor heard an opinion being well made.

  • Nicaragua is a dictatorship shooting and imprisoning it’s people.


  • His economic policy is a failure. The buck stops with him, because he controls all the puppets . Although I think all of the oligarchs and business owners are complicit too. They saw him consolidating power, mixing his personal business interests with state interests and no one spoke up because they were all making money.

  • I agree. I thought Havana Times was different too, but that is a very one sided statement. Even the World Bank had to acknowledge that the economy had been growing well for the past several years. I am looking for a more nuanced reporting of the situation in historical and internationl political context please. I was living in a rural town in Nicaragua when the NICA act passed in the US House. Even though the Senate had not passed it yet, it already created an economic crisis in our town due to the dear of future credit tightening. So that should at least be considered as well.

  • #FakeNews
    I mean you not the article.

  • It’s very irresponsible from you, to say that the only responsible of the economy decay is Daniel Ortega. This type of speech and press is the same that the newspaper La Prensa, which, it’s imperative to mention that they have agreed to privatize utilities like water and U.S. intervention. I thought that HavanaTimes was little bit different than others media, but I was wrong. Never reading from you again. Btw. I am from Nicaragua and I was part of the very first group of student who began with the protests on 04/18/18 at UCA

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