MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Former
President Violeta Chamorro, who ended the
Sandinista era in Nicaragua, says she will not
try again for the presidency in this year's
"I am not going to get involved in politics, nor
am I going to launch any candidacy," she said
in a recorded interview broadcast Thursday by
Managua radio stations.
Chamorro's 1990 election ended a decade of
rule by the leftist Sandinista Front and the
continuous conflict with the United States during that accompanied it during the
1980s. Chamorro left office in January 1997.
Local news media have suggested that she might again be a candidate for
center-right coalition in the November 2001 election, but she said no party has
"Although I don't want to see the country go backward like a crab, I am
going to involve myself in anything," she said.