Bush and Ortega
President Bush told Nicaraguan president-elect and former U.S. foe DanielOrtegaonJan.8thathehoped toworktogetheronarangeofissues, the White House said.
Mr. Bush telephoned Mr. Ortega, who assumed office last week, “to congratulatehimandtheNicaraguan people on their commitment to democracy,” said national security spokesman Gordon Johndroe.
“The president expressed his strongcommitmenttothewell-being of the Nicaraguan people and our continued interest in a relationship withNicaragua,notingsuchongoing areasofcooperation”astradeandreform-driveneconomicdevelopment, he said.
“Thepresidentalsonotedthatreconciliation,unity,democracyandjob creation — the agenda outlined in Daniel Ortega’s election platform — are areas for possible cooperation,” Mr. Johndroe said.
Mr. Ortega, 61, was sworn in Jan. 10toafive-yeartermasNicaragua’s president, Agence France-Presse reports.
Mr.Bushalsospokewithoutgoing Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolanos“tothankhimforhisservice to his country, commitment to democracy and friendship with the United States,” Mr. Johndroe said.
Mr.OrtegawastheMarxistleader of the leftist Sandinista National Liberation Front that ousted dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979.
Hewasvotedoutofpowerin1990, andlosttwosubsequentpresidential elections, before prevailing in the electionearlierthismonthtosucceed Mr. Bolanos.