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Daniel Ortega rules out negotiations to ensure fair elections in Nicaragua

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A day after the latest arrest of an opposition presidential hopeful, Noel Vidaurre, Daniel Ortega reappeared in public alongside the first lady and vice president Rosario Murillo after taking part in the electoral verification day.

In his brief address he attacked the U.S., mentioned Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela, and categorically blocked any negotiations to reach the November elections under a democratic framework, as demanded by the opposition, the international community and human rights organizations.

According to La Prensa, Ortega accused "the empire" (the U.S.) of not wanting elections. "The empire wants to boycott them . . .

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