Nicaragua: First Trip to the Polls

The Sandinistas win, as expected, and the U.S. remains critical

Before the election the atmosphere was charged with loud and often violent disagreement. The pressure to participate was high: many citizens feared that they would lose precious food-rationing cards if they failed to register to vote. Yet after the tension of the preliminaries, election day in Nicaragua last Sunday came as something of an anticlimax. There was little of the exuberance, or the fear, that had been variously predicted for the country's first trip to the polls since the 1979 revolution that...

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