Nicaragua’s leader appears headed for re-election
MANAGUA, Nicaragua — President Daniel Ortega cast his ballot just before polls closed in Nicaragua’s elections Sunday evening, and he appeared to have a clear path to a third consecutive term — this time accompanied by his wife as vice president.
Opinion polls said the former guerrilla fighter was likely to receive more than 50 percent of the votes and avoid a runoff. He was running with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as his vice presidential candidate. “It is an exemplary, historic election,” Murillo said while critics of the government called the vote unfairly tilted against the opposition.
Ortega and his leftist Sandinista National Liberation Front have benefited from the Central American country’s steady economic growth and low levels of violence compared to neighboring Honduras and El Salvador.