Nicaragua's Presidential Campaign Kicks Off, With No Rivals
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Sat 25th September 2021 | 09:10 AM
Managua, Sept 25 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Sep, 2021 ) :Nicaragua's presidential election campaign officially kicks off on Saturday with incumbent Daniel Ortega's main rivals all under arrest.
The 75-year-old, in power since 2007, will be seeking a fourth consecutive term in the November 7 vote despite international condemnation of his government's detention of 37 opposition figures since June.
"People know that the electoral process will be anything but transparent and that, to a certain extent, it is pre-ordained that the Sandinista Front will win," said former Nicaragua diplomat and analyst Edgar Parrales.
Ortega's government has been accused of political persecution for its rounding up of opposition figures in a series of house and night-time raids since June 2, including seven aspiring presidential candidates.
The president accuses those arrested of seeking to overthrow him with US backing.
The majority are in jail awaiting trial -- in dire conditions according to their loved ones -- and a handful under house arrest.