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Nicaragua Police Arrest Opposition Leader and Likely Presidential Challenger Cristiana Chamorro

HeadlineJun 03, 2021

In Nicaragua, police arrested opposition leader Cristiana Chamorro and filed money laundering charges against her, in what critics say is an attempt to block a challenge to President Daniel Ortega in November elections. Cristiana Chamorro is the daughter of former President Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, who herself defeated Ortega to become president in 1990. In 2018, anti-government protests erupted in Nicaragua demanding Daniel Ortega step down and release political prisoners. Rights groups say police and pro-government militias killed hundreds during the uprising. Ortega has also come under fire for refusing to take public health measures to protect Nicaraguans from the pandemic.

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