Nicaragua's bitter civil war has ended with the disintegration of the National Guard and complete victory for the left-wing Sandinista guerrillas.
Nicaragua's bitter civil war has ended with the disintegration of the National Guard and complete victory for the left-wing Sandinista guerrillas. The streets of Managua took on a carnival atmosphere on Thursday (19 July) as thousands of people celebrated the end of 43 years of authoritarian rule by the family of former President, Anastasio Somoza. He fled to the United States on Tuesday (17 July). The eleven-month war came to a decisive end shortly after his successor, Dr. Francisco Urcuyo, also fled the country. President for just over a day, he flew to Guatemala with his military chiefs - leaving the National Guard to fend for themselves. From Managua, Ike Seamans of NBC News, reports.
SYNOPSIS: At his new home south of Miami, in Florida, former President Somoza has denied any responsibility for the actions of interim President Urcuyo, during the final hours of the country's government.
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