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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega Wins Fourth Term After Arresting Opponents, Crushing Dissent

HeadlineNov 09, 2021

In Nicaragua, President Daniel Ortega has declared victory and will be serving a fourth term after winning Sunday’s election by a landslide. The United States, European Union and others quickly announced they won’t recognize the election results — denounced by opponents as illegitimate after Ortega’s government jailed at least seven presidential hopefuls, accusing them of being U.S. allies. Ortega, alongside vice president and first lady Rosario Murillo, celebrated their reelection Monday in Managua’s Revolution Plaza. Ortega blasted the U.S. government for supporting a coup attempt in 2018 and for continuing to interfere in Nicaragua. Many have also denounced ongoing and devastating U.S. sanctions on Nicaragua.

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