Nicaragua. According to
Countryaah official site, the November 6 presidential election won the
seat of incumbent President Daniel Ortega with 62% of the
vote. At the same time, his party FSLN (Frente Sandinista de
Liberación Nacional) won 62 of the 92 seats in the National
Assembly, an increase of 24 seats which gave the party the
two-thirds majority needed for e.g. change the constitution.
Both observers from the EU and the US cooperative
organization OAS had some remarks on the election process,
including: delayed accreditations for election observers,
voter card problems and ballot checks. But at the same time,
the observers felt that the elections were largely right.
However, the domestic opposition accused the government
of extensive electoral fraud. They pointed out, among other
things. that Ortega and FSLN control both the Election
Commission and the Supreme Court, and on several
irregularities in the authorities' actions. Ortega was also
accused of a large measure of populism through the poverty
reduction program, Hambre Cero ('Zero Hunger'), which was
just launched into the election campaign with contributions
from his friend Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez and where
part of the money was used by the FSLN for campaign funding.
For example, the campaign for Ortega's re-election cost four
times more than his closest rival Fabio Gadea's campaign.
The domestic business community, which until now has given
Ortega its silent support, cautiously expressed its
All in all, Ortega's victory in the November 6 elections
only increased the massive criticism he has faced in recent
years for several measures that are considered to give him a
powerful position, and the electoral victory was even called
illegal. Ortega, for its part, accused the OAS of going to
US cases. The United States government, in turn, expressed
concern about the democratic development of Nicaragua and
the rule of law in the country.