Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega appears on track to secure his fifth and fourth consecutive terms in office. Primary results revealed a clear lead for the Sandinista alliance at the general election.
Some 75% of Nicaraguan voters have supported Ortega’s party, the Supreme Electoral Council announced on Monday after counting around half of the ballots.
According to the council the turnout for the general elections, held in the Central American country of 6.5million people, reached 65%.
The US president Joe Biden called the vote a “sham” and harshly criticised it by its allies. “pantomime election that was neither free nor fair, and most certainly not democratic.”
Biden says that it was predetermined because of the crackdown against political rivals by Ortega’s wife Rosario Murillo in the days leading up to the election.
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The US denounced Nicaraguan elections were monitored by me; the people trust the Ortega government.
Since May, around 40 opposition members, including potential presidential candidates have been held in Nicaragua on allegations ranging between “betraying the homeland”By calling on sanctions to be imposed against foreign interference.
For those arrests, both the US and EU sanctioned Nicaraguan officials who were close to Ortega’s 75th birthday.
Ortega was the leader of the rebellion against the US-backed Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua, in the late 70s. He served as the country’s president from 1985 to 1990. In 2007, he was elected to his second term and has remained in office ever since.
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