Carlos Mejía Godoy, 75, was Sandinismo’s pre-eminent bard but changed his tune after president’s 2006 re-election

One of Nicaragua’s best-loved musicians – a former Sandinista troubadour who became one of president Daniel Ortega’s fiercest critics – has fled the crisis-stricken Central American nation claiming he feared being killed.

“I had to leave Nicaragua because my life was in danger,” the veteran singer-songwriter Carlos Mejía Godoy told the opposition newspaper La Prensa. “I was told to get out as soon as I could.”

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