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Sunday 21 September 2014

Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega: Royal wedding 'stained with Libya's blood'

Nicaragua's president Daniel Ortega is seen on a video screen during a Labour Day celebration in Managua (AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
BBC presenter Andrew Marr arrives outside Westmister Abbey, London, prior to the royal wedding

Daniel Ortega, the president of Nicaragua, has attacked the British monarchy and said he was offended by William and Kate's gala marriage ceremony.

Left-winger Mr Ortega said the hands of the monarchy "are stained with blood because they are celebrating while Libya is being bombed, while blood is being spilled in Libya".

Nicaragua's leader made the comments in a speech to thousands of supporters hours after the lavish royal wedding that was watched by an estimated two billion people around the world.

The governments of Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia are staunch allies of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and have criticised US and European air strikes.

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