Nicaragua’s president seeks fourth term amid international criticism

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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is seeking a fourth consecutive term in the face of unknown candidates, “while his strong rivals are in prison,” the Associated Press reported.

The agency added that “the opposition called on Nicaraguans to boycott the polls in protest of the electoral process, which was subjected to severe criticism from foreign powers.”

Sunday’s elections will determine who will take over the presidency for the next five years, and who will occupy 90 of the 92 seats in the National Congress.

Ortega’s “Sandinista” Front and his allies control Congress and all government institutions in the country.

Ortega served as president for the first time from 1985 to 1990, before returning to power in 2007, and recently appointed his wife, First Lady and Vice President Rosario Murillo “co-chair”.

Source: “Associated Press”

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