Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega rejects demands he steps down:
Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has refused to bow to protesters’ demands that he stand down.
He said the deaths of about three hundred individuals during 3 months of protests were caused by paramilitary groups, during an interview with the United States news channel Fox News.
He denied the govt had supported the groups and said they were funded by opposition MPs and drug cartels.
Mr. Daniel Ortega said that they had attacked the police during the protests.
He insisted he would continue in office till elections in 2021, defying involves his resignation.
“To move up the elections would create instability, insecurity and make things worse,” the president said.
Daniel Ortega, who was president of Nicaragua between 1979 and 1990 and returned to power in 2007, also denied the government had ordered hospitals not to treat the wounds of anti-government protestors.
He also rejected reports of attacks on Roman Catholic priests, who he said should continue to mediate in stalled peace talks between the protesters and the government.
He qualified the anti-government protests as “terrorism” designed to end his government.