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Nicaragua's Ortega takes huge lead in early presidential election count
November 7, 2016 / 5:32 AM / a year ago

Nicaragua's Ortega takes huge lead in early presidential election count

MANAGUA (Reuters) - Nicaraguan leader Daniel Ortega took a massive early lead in the Central American nation’s presidential election on Sunday, as voters applauded years of solid growth and overlooked the opposition’s criticisms that he is installing a family dynasty.

Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua's current president and presidential candidate from the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front shows his ink stained thumb to the media after casting his vote at a polling station during Nicaragua's presidential election in Managua November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

The former guerilla fighter had 71.3 percent of votes, with 21.3 percent of polling stations counted, the electoral board said. Ortega’s main opponent, the center-right Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC) candidate Maximino Rodriguez, was a distant second with 16.4 percent of votes.

Reporting by Enrique Pretel and Alexandra Alper

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