After seven years of false starts and ham-fisted failures, the three leading opposition parties that once represented a majority of Nicaraguan voters are attempting once again to band together to form some semblance of a united front against the ruling Sandinista Front.
On Saturday, some 400 departamental leaders representing the Liberal Constitutional Party (PLC), the Independent Liberal Party (PLI) and the Conservative Party (PC) signed a “proclamation of intent to unify” with an eye on the 2016 elections.
Unlike previous failed attempts at forming tenuous electoral alliances, the three feckless opposition parties are now attempting to build a genuine grassroots bond that will eventually lead to a united electoral bloc by the 2016 poll.
“This is political unity, not just an electoral alliance,” said PLI congressman Wilber López of Carazo. The lawmaker said that the principles of each party will be respected, although it’s not entirely clear what principles he is referring to.
The opposition parties hope to form similar political alliances in other departments. Every attempt at opposition political unity since 2006 has ended in infighting and further splintering.