Nicaragua Seeking Help on Hydro Projects from Iran
Reuters reports that President Ortega is seeking help from Iran on hydroelectric projects as well as asking them to finance a $350 million port on the Caribbean.
Ortega met Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian on Wednesday to try to convince Iran to help build several hydroelectric plants in Nicaragua as the impoverished country grapples with long daily blackouts.
There is no information as to where those projects would be built but it certainly won't be in the Rio Estelí. Ortega said that Iran has expertice in hydroelectric projects, something I wasn't aware of.
Note that the article ended with the kind of rhetoric that, unfortunately, seems to be creeping into US news sources about the Orgeta government:
Ortega, who insists he wants good relations with Washington, has also upgraded ties with U.S. enemies Cuba and North Korea since he was sworn in almost 17 years after voters threw him out of office.
For anyone with just a bit of knowledge of the 1990 election, "threw him out of office" is far from accurate. Come on Reuters, let's play fair and let Nicaraguans make their decisions without this sort of rhetoric.