Daniel Ortega wins re-election in Nicaragua with 75 percent of votes

AFP , Monday 8 Nov 2021

Nicaragua's incumbent Daniel Ortega won re-election with 75 percent of votes, according to official partial results announced Monday, securing a fourth consecutive five-year term for the long-term president.

Daniel Ortega   Rosario Murillo
Nicaragua s President and presidential candidate Daniel Ortega (R) and his wife and Vice-president Rosario Murillo (L) giving their thumbs up after casting their vote during the general election, in Managua, Nicaragua on November 07, 2021. AFP

The announcement came as votes in 49 percent of the Central American nation's polling stations were counted, said the electoral council, which put participation at 65.34 percent.

The opposition had called on Nicaraguans to stay home in protest of an electoral process that has been roundly criticized as not credible by foreign powers.

In June, police arrested seven potential presidential challengers to Ortega on charges that essentially amount to treason. They remained in detention on election day. Some two dozen other opposition leaders were also swept up ahead of the elections.

The remaining contenders were little known politicians from minor parties seen as friendly with Ortega's Sandinista Front.

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