In sham elections in Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega “wins” presidency; U.S. imposes sanctions

According to observers, with all opposition candidates in jail, for millions of Nicaraguans, the only possibility of showing dissatisfaction is staying away from the polls and staying home as a sign of protest.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After methodically stifling his rivals and dissidents, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega 'secured' a quiet victory in this Sunday's presidential election, winning a fourth consecutive term that could leave him in power until 2026.

The victory also signals that Nicaraguans have moved up a few steps toward an increasingly autocratic regime.

Sunday was marked by apathy. The voting centers were practically empty. The few registered lines were of police, military, and civil servants.

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