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Opposition bid to block Ortega run

An opposition party in Nicaragua is asking election authorities to bar president Daniel Ortega from running for re-election.

The Liberal Constitutional Party said the Supreme Electoral Council should invalidate Ortega's candidacy in the November 5 election.

Mr Ortega officially declared his candidacy on Friday, based on a 2009 ruling from a Nicaraguan Supreme Court commission made up of his supporters that overturned the constitution's ban on consecutive re-election.

The opposition party's request seems to have little chance: The electoral council said last year that it would abide by the Supreme Court ruling.

The leftist Mr Ortega was Nicaragua's president from 1979 to 1985 and returned to the presidency in 2006.


From Belfast Telegraph