Monday, November 06, 2006

Danie Ortega wins presidential elections

by Patrick Moser

MANAGUA (AFP) - Former revolutionary leader Daniel Ortega headed to a comeback victory, as partial results of Nicaragua's election dashed the United States' hopes to see his latest presidential bid flounder.

The once iconic Cold War foe of Washington, now 60, has been endorsed by virulently anti-US Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and fiercely opposed by US officials.

Results based on 40 percent of polling stations showed Ortega getting 40 percent of the vote in Sunday's election, easily defeating conservatives Eduardo Montealegre and Jose Rizo, who got 32.72 percent and 20.33 percent respectively.

Photo: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, left, shakes hands with Nicaragua presidential candidate Daniel Ortega prior to a private meeting in the city of Managua, Nicaragua on Monday Nov. 6, 2006. Electoral officials have yet to release final results from Sunday's vote, but preliminary results and two of the country's top electoral watchdog groups all give Ortega about 40 percent of the vote which could mean he will be rising once again to Nicaragua's presidency.(AP Photo/Cristobal Herrera)

More on Daniel Ortega:
The Dangers of Daniel Ortega
CNN Cold War: Profile of Daniel Ortega

CNN Cold War: Interview with Daniel Ortega
Profile of Daniel Ortega by The Christian Science Monitor
Ortega, Again? By Mark Klugmann National Review Online

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