Monday, August 15, 2005

Nicaragua: Herty Lewitzes Nominated By Christian Party

Former Managua Mayor, and former Sandinista party member, Herty Lewitzes was officially selected as the presidential candidate of the Partido Alternativa Cristiana, whose base is evangelical protestants. Lewitzes, a Catholic of Jewish origins, feuded with Daniel Ortega and his supporters in the Sandinista party, who threaten to start parliamentary proceedings against him.

Lewitzes, who has good name recognition, is regarded as a pragmatist. In his campaign kickoff, he repeated his theme of including "all Nicaraguans" in his efforts, but warned against corruption. He said that helping the poor was a priority, and called for continued investment by private enterprise to strengthen the productive sectors of the economy.