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Analysis: Ortega won´t let go of Nicaragua. This Sunday, he is running again for president in defiance of the constitution

Monday, October 31, 2011


When Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega finally agreed to face an internationally monitored election in February 1990, most polls predicted he would win. Most polls were wrong, Mary Anastasia O’Grady writes.

On Sunday Ortega will again be the incumbent candidate in a Nicaraguan presidential election. And the polls again give him a comfortable lead.

But the opposition remembers 1990, and it is not ready to concede. It believes that polls do not fully capture popular dissatisfaction with the wily, power-hungry Sandinista, and it hopes that his closest rival, center-right, anticorruption candidate Fabio Gadea, can come out ahead in a fair election.

Original source: Wall Street Journal