Nicaragua talks enter 2nd day behind closed doors, no Ortega

Nicaraguan government and opposition representatives have begun a second day of negotiations on resolving the country's political standoff, months after the last talks broke off.

The discussions are being held behind closed doors and President Daniel Ortega is not attending.

Both of those things are in sharp contrast to last year. The talks then were broadcast live to viewers and Ortega was forced to endure an awkward moment when a student leader admonished him to "give in" and leave office.

Government officials said 100 people jailed in connection with the 2018 protests were granted conditional release Wednesday before the talks began.

The session resumed Thursday at a business institute south of the capital, Managua.