Adviser accuses protesters of trying to engineer ‘soft coup’ against longstanding leader

Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega will not stand down as president despite more than two months of unrest and violent repression, one his closest advisers has said, accusing opposition activists of trying to engineer a “soft coup”.

Paul Oquist, the minister for national policies, told the Guardian Ortega would not rule out an early election if there were an end to the violence in which about 300 people have been killed.

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