6.11.06

¡Viva Sandinistas! Ortega poised to return in Nicaragua

Ortega poised to return in Nicaragua | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited:

The Sandinista leader, Daniel Ortega, today looked increasingly likely to be returned to power, 16 years after a US-backed rebellion helped to oust him from office.

Preliminary results after 15% of ballots had been counted following yesterday's elections in Nicaragua showed the former president had polled 40% of the vote, in what could be one of Latin America's biggest political comebacks.

Early figures indicated he had opened up a lead of 7% over his Harvard-educated rival, Eduardo Montealegre of the Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance.

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