ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 26, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Managua: David Ensor) Election of opposition candidate Violeta de Chamorro as president of Nicaragua over Daniel Ortega featured; scenes shown. [CHAMORRO - (thru translator) says it is an election that will never produce political exiles or prisoners.] [ORTEGA - (thru translator) says he will respect popular mandate.] Prediction of problems for the Chamorro coalition when it takes office detailed. [Fruit seller Julia MEDINA - (thru translator) says Sandinistas were good.] [Chamorro campaign manager Antonio LACAYO - says economy must be reconstructed.] [Stanford University professor Richard FAGEN - says the Chamorro government needs a "large golden egg" from the US.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) History of United States efforts to remove the Sandinistas reviewed.
(White House: Brit Hume) Reaction in United States to Sandinistas' defeat featured. [President BUSH - congratulates Ortega on his conduct in the election.] Raising anew of the Contra issue cited. [White House spokesman Marlin FITZWATER - makes statement about aid to Contras.] [Former president Ronald REAGAN - says it is as if the Contras won.] [Oliver NORTH - comments.] [Senator George MITCHELL, Representative Helen Delich BENTLEY - comment on Nicaraguan election results.] Future problem of cost to United States of aid to help in rebuilding of economies of Panama and Nicaragua noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Impact of decade-long war between Sandinistas and US-backed Contras of Latin America reported; details given of question of Chamorro's ability to handle the Sandinista-controlled army. [Harvard University Robert LEIKEN - says they will need a lot of United States aid.] Future of Nicaraguan exiles in other Central American nations examined. [Contra leader Adolfo CALERO - comments on the refugees.] Possible impact of Nicaraguan election on neighboring El Salvador noted. [LEIKEN - comments.] Results from ABC News/"Washington Post" poll which predicted a big Ortega victory noted to have turned out to be "terribly wrong."