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Like Democrats, Ortega Hopes To Regain Power

The Democrats aren't the only old style-Stalinists who are hoping to return to power.

From the DNC's Associated Press:

Sandinista Leader Seeks Return to Power

By TRACI CARL
November 5, 2006

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Nicaraguans cast ballots Sunday to decide whether Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega will return to power in a race closely watched by the United States, which backed the war to try to overthrow him in the 1980s.

The U.S. has warned against an Ortega win, with Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez saying aid and trade "will be endangered" if "anti-democratic forces prevail." The race is also key for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a U.S. opponent who is hoping to find a new ally in Ortega.

While some polls opened late, few major problems were reported. Pablo Ayon, head of the independent Nicaraguan Civic Group for Ethics and Transparency, said participation was "high, orderly and peaceful."

Amid fears of fraud, the vote is being monitored by 18,000 electoral observers — including three former presidents: the United States' Jimmy Carter, Peru's Alejandro Toledo and Panama's Nicolas Ardito Barletta. Armed soldiers guard polling stations, while the independent Nicaraguan nonprofit agency Civic Group for Ethics and Transparency is carrying out a quick count of votes.

In a veiled reference to the United States and Venezuela, Toledo condemned "any interference, wherever it comes from, whether it be Asia, Europe, North America or Latin America," adding, "Let the citizens of all countries determine their own destiny."

Ortega faces four opponents: Harvard-educated Eduardo Montealegre, Sandinista dissident Edmundo Jarquin, ruling party lawyer Jose Rizo and former Contra rebel Eden Pastora. Most polls show that his closest rival is Montealegre of the Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance, a party that broke from the Constitutionalist Liberal Party of former President Arnoldo Aleman, who was convicted of corruption following his 1997-2002 term…

Polls have shown Ortega would have trouble winning a December runoff. While he has a loyal base of support, many voters still have bitter memories of Sandinista rule, which left the country in an economic shambles and saw 30,000 killed in a war against U.S.-backed Contra rebels.

The balding, 60-year-old Ortega has repeatedly said he has changed…

Reports about today's elections in Nicaragua have been few and far between.

Perhaps our one party media has been reluctant to mention it since the parallels between Ortega and the Democrats are so obvious.

Could it be that human memories only last about 14 to 16 years?

Of course Jimmy Carter's love of Communist dictators is ever-green.

In a veiled reference to the United States and Venezuela, Toledo condemned "any interference, wherever it comes from, whether it be Asia, Europe, North America or Latin America," adding, "Let the citizens of all countries determine their own destiny."

Certainly it's the US that is exerting pressure down there. And not Hugo Chavez.

He would never do anything like that. Just ask Mr. Carter or Cindy Sheehan.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Sunday, November 5th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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