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Oliver Pastrano (O.P.) Garza, Ambassador to Nicaragua



Ambassador Garza at the opening ceremony of New Horizons 2002, a joint U.S./Nicaraguan military task force 
Ambassador O.P. Garza (center) with Nicaragua's President Bolanos (left) with from the opening ceremony of New Horizons 2002, a joint U.S./Nicaraguan military task force. (Photo courtesy of Embassy Managua.)

Ambassador Garza: What has impressed me most during my time here is watching the roots of democracy take firm hold in Nicaragua’s fertile political landscape. 93% of the voting population, from all parts of the country and from all segments of society, turned out in November to voice their opinion, and they opted to pursue a democratic system. More impressive than the numbers, is the fact that many people stood in lines all day in order to cast their vote and most traveled on foot, by ox-drawn carts, or on horseback over long distances just get to the line. These are people who understand the weight of their responsibility and are willing to go to great lengths to ensure they are heard. It is certain that Nicaragua faces a long climb, but as democratic institutions mature and look to country first, rather than individual gain, it is a nation in which democracy will have every opportunity to flower.

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

For more information about Ambassador Garza and the work in Nicaragua, please visit Embassy Managua's website.  For more ambassador profiles, click here.

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Released on August 2, 2002

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