Nicaragua: Ortega coasting to victory after contentious “election”

Source: Reuters

“Early voting results in Nicaragua on Monday showed President Daniel Ortega securing a fourth straight term in office by a landslide in what Washington dubbed a sham election due to the veteran leader’s unstinting suppression of his opponents. Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council said that with roughly half the ballots counted, a preliminary tally gave Ortega about 75% of votes in the presidential election, which had been widely criticized in advance by Western powers as Ortega vigorously set about jailing rivals and criminalizing dissent. … A former Marxist guerilla who helped topple the right-wing Somoza family dictatorship in the late 1970s, Ortega says he is defending Nicaragua against unscrupulous adversaries bent on ousting him with the aid of foreign powers.” (11/08/21)