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Opposition Tries to Regroup Ahead of Nicaragua’s Municipal Elections

LADB Article ID: 80331
Category/Department: Nicaragua
Date: 2017-06-29
By: Benjamin Witte-Lebhar

Government opponents are showing signs of life after suffering a series of knockout blows that culminated late last year in another lopsided election victory for Nicaraguan leader Daniel Ortega and his Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (Sandinista National Liberation Front, FSLN) party. But with less than five months to go before the next elections—this time at the municipal level—they’ll be hard pressed to shift, in any meaningful way, the balance of power in Nicaragua.“The government is going to do whatever it wants with these elections,” Eliseo Núñez, a former opposition lawmaker, told the daily La Prensa earlier in June. “The ones who really need to go out and campaign are the opposition [groups]. But the opposition doesn’t have any money. They’re fractured, involved in internal fights that are serious, very serious.” Most observers agree with Núñez that the nationwide municipal contests, set for Nov. 5, will result in another resounding but controversial victory for the Ortega-led Sandinistas, which have made a habit in recent years of trouncing the divided and outmaneuvered opposition.

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