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Sandinistas mark anniversary amid mounting problems

The leftist Sandinistas celebrated the fifth anniversary of their rise to power Thursday. Opposition groups and the Reagan administration used the occasion to assail the ruling junta.

The anniversary comes as Nicaragua faces growing economic problems, a US-backed guerrilla movement, and increasingly strained relations with the United States and the Roman Catholic Church. There are shortages of groceries and some other basic items.

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