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Here's what you need to know about the crisis in Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - More than three months of political turmoil, demonstrations, looting and street battles have convulsed the Central American nation of Nicaragua.

President Daniel Ortega, the leader of the leftist Sandinista revolution who has long dominated the country's political scene, has rejected opposition demands that he step down as leader of this country of 6 million. Here is a brief overview of the crisis, and the developments that led up to it.

Question: What are anti-government protesters seeking?

Answer: The protests began in April against Ortega's proposed reforms to the nation's reeling social security system. Under pressure, Ortega withdrew his

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