The power couple: President Daniel Ortega (r) and vice president-elect, Rosario Murillo
(Today Nicaragua) The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, won his third consecutive term in the Sunday general elections, with 71.3% of votes, according to the first official count, while opposition leaders ask questions about the alleged ‘massive’ voter abstention.
The preliminary counts of 21.3% of the polling stations give 71.3% of the votes to Ortega and his Sandinista party, while opposition candidate, Maximinio Rodriguez of the Partido Liberal Constitucionalista (PLC) received 16.4%, according to the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE).
CSE President Rodrigo Vargas, last night thanked the “high degree of participation” of the population in the election, which he estimated at 65.3%, in stark contrast to the of abstention 70% estimated by the opposition.
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