posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:21 PM
Former President of Nicaragua Daniel Ortega wins elections again after voluntarily relinquished power in 1990 for losing the election to Violeta
Barrios de Chamorro. For much of his life, he has been an important leader in the Sandinista National Liberation Front. Both Cuban President Fidel
Castro aswell as President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez congratulated him. Ortega, however, has so far held to his campaign theme of reconciliation,
indicating he hopes to avoid the fearsome hostility with the United States.
Daniel Ortega of the World Mathaba has won Nicaragua's presidential election with about 38 percent of the votes, according to the country's top
With 91 percent of the vote counted, Ortega gained 38 percent of the vote compared to 29 percent for Harvard-educated Eduardo Montealegre. Jose Rizo
finished third with 26.2 percent.
Under Nicaraguan law, the winner must get 35 percent and have a five-percentage point lead to win the election outright and avoid a runoff.
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Why is the US not happy?
Ortega first came to power in 1979 after ousting Anastasio Somoza, the US-backed dictator whose family had run Nicaragua since the mid-1930’s. He
was part of a ruling junta until 1985 when he was elected president. In 1990 he lost the presidency to a former junta colleague, Violeta Chamorro.
During the entire tenure of his leadership, the Reagan administration funded and armed the group of homicidal drug smugglers known as the Contras and
likened by Reagan to the founding fathers of the US, who were apparently in Reagan’s mind also a bunch of swamp-rat dope-dealing thugs working to
found a country that had been established 100 years earlier.
His history includes rather solid allegations of corruption, allegations of sexual abuse from his step-daughter, and two more failed presidential
bids, which sounds to me a lot like a good handful or more of Republican Congressional figures. He is also a former Marxist, which narrows the
similarities considerably but perhaps not entirely. Regardless, it’s something of a mystery why a probably corrupt, possibly abusive and certainly
power-hungry politician in a small and entirely powerless country should arouse this degree of angst among his like-minded brethren to the north.
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[edit on 8-11-2006 by DontTreadOnMe]