The vice president of Nicaragua, Rosario Murillo, called 2018 "a year in which we have all grown up", in the midst of a sociopolitical crisis that has left hundreds dead in protests against her husband, President Daniel Ortega.
"This Nicaragua lives on the last day of the year 2018, concluding a complex year, but a year in which we have all grown," said Murillo, through government media.
2018 marked for Nicaragua the beginning of the so-called "civic insurrection", in which Nicaraguans took to the streets to demand the dismissal of Ortega, a claim that in eight months has left hundreds dead, imprisoned and disappeared, as well as thousands of injured and tens of thousands in exile.
According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the Government of Nicaragua has executed crimes "against humanity" against the population, both demonstrators and people who were on the sidelines.
Local humanitarian agencies have reported between 325 and 545 deaths, of which the Government recognizes 199.
Ortega has denied any responsibility and claims to have suffered an attempted "coup d'état".
"Nicaragua advances in blessings, routes of prosperity and in victories, victories in these other times, new times that we are opening, times for the new history, new times victories of the hand of God," said Murillo.
Last week the Organization of American States (OAS) announced the beginning of the process to apply the Democratic Charter to Nicaragua, which opens the door to the suspension of the country of the organism.
The protests against Ortega and Murillo began on April 18, after 11 years of continuous government, for failed social security reforms and became a demand for resignation, after the deadly balance of the demonstrations.