Being Politically Impolite: Extending Politeness Theory to by Sandra Harris

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Inthestate? In the government? In the FSLN? Inthe actions of other organized groups? Making Sense of the Election Defeat Few people, either inside or outside of Nicaragua, expected the FSLN to lose the presidency in the election of 1990, although some thought that it might lose an absolute majority in the National Assembly (Oscar-Rene Vargas, 1990:153). Most public opinion polls seemed to suggest an FSLN victory and the FSLN leadership was confident in these results, given their contacts with the base and with the masses.

It must be a new organization. It’s still going to take us some time to organize ourselves to be effective revolutionaries in this new stage Nicaragua’s going through. What’s already clear is that we have the capacity to influence the conduct of the government effectively from the grassroots, and that is what’s meant by governing from below. (Envio, English edition, June 1991: 29) The ongoing process of democratization isby nomeans complete and includes the continuing possibility of new breaches opening within the FSLN itself.

La Prensu, April 1, 1992)" "The twelve parties represented by the signatories are: The National ConservativeParty(PNC),TheLiberalIndependentParty(PLI), The Social Democratic Party (PSD), The Popular Conservative Alliance (APC), theLiberalConstitutionalistParty(PLC),theDemocraticParty of Confidence(PDC),thePopularSocialChristianParty(PPSC),the NationalConservativeActionParty,theDemocraticMovement of NicaraguaParty, the CommunistParty of Nicaragua(PCN),theNeoLiberal Party, and the National Action Party (PAN).

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