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American Chamber of Commerce wades into Nicaragua’s internal politics

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


As president of the American Chamber of Commerce of Nicaragua, Róger Arteaga Cano routinely dealt with business issues and trade practices affecting members like ExxonMobil or Citigroup.

But he also led an unusual campaign: organizing secret meetings with opposition party leaders in an effort to oust President Daniel Ortega in an election this year.

The chamber’s activities over the past two years illuminate the remarkable role the foreign affiliates of the US Chamber of Commerce sometimes play in the politics of their host nations.

Original source: New York Times