Nicaragua: Dropping Out

Another candidate withdraws

For the Sandinista government of Nicaragua, convincing the world that next week's national elections will be meaningful has been an uphill climb. The first major setback came when Arturo Cruz Porras, widely considered to be the strongest opponent facing Sandinista Presidential Candidate Daniel Ortega Saavedra, decided once and for all three weeks ago not to run, claiming that the regime would not allow him to campaign freely. Then the next strongest rival, Virgilio Godoy Reyes of the Independent Liberal Party, announced last week that he too was dropping out....

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