Managua (AFP) – Nicaragua’s opposition called Monday for a boycott of November presidential and legislative elections, dismissing the vote as a “farce” engineered to re-elect President Daniel Ortega and allow him to start a ruling family dynasty.
“We herewith declare the absolute invalidity of these fraudulent elections and demand real elections,” the National Coalition for Democracy said in a statement read by a representative, Violeta Granera, at a news conference.
She said the November 6 election — in which Ortega is seeking a third straight term with his wife as his running mate — “will only go to strengthen a dynastic dictatorship.”
The coalition urged voters to “reject… this electoral farce,” abstain from voting or cast a blank ballot. Ortega, a 70-year-old former leftist rebel, has tightened his grip on power this year. His current rule dates back to 2007, after he served a previous term between 1985 and 1990. …