Nicaragua's presidential election.

October 21, 1996

With only 7 per cent of the vote counted, right wing candidate Arnoldo Aleman claimed victory today in Nicaragua’s presidential election. Aleman is expected to defeat his main rival Daniel Ortega, former leader of the Sandinista government. Aleman campaigned on a fierce anti-Sandinista ticket, playing on fears that an Ortega win would return Nicaragua to socialism and civil war.

GUEST: CIRCLES ROBINSON, who has lived in Nicaragua for 12 years, working with the National Union of Farmers and Ranchers. He’s the editor of Nicaraguan Farmer’s View, an english language publication on rural life and national issues. Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in this hemisphere; more people work in agriculture than any other field.

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