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Sunday´s election in Nicaragua: Daniel Ortega strongly favored to win a second consecutive term for the Sandinistas

Friday, November 4, 2011

Nicaragua holds presidential elections on Sunday with incumbent Daniel Ortega favored to win a second consecutive term for his party of former Marxist guerrillas, the Sandinista National Liberation Front.

His hopes of winning a second term were made possible by a divisive Supreme Court ruling in 2009 that overturned a ban on re-election. Ortega's chances have also been boosted by divisions inside the conservative opposition.

Ortega can win without facing a run-off vote if he secures at least 40 percent of the vote or 35 percent and a five percentage point lead over his nearest rival. Recent polls show him with well over 40 percent support.

Original source: Reuters