Nicaragua: the outgoing president, Daniel Ortega, elected for a third term
Outgoing Nicaraguan President, the Sandinista Daniel Ortega was re-elected Sunday for a third term with 66% of the vote, according to preliminary official results on 6% of the vote, said the electoral court.
Daniel Ortega faced four right-wing candidates, including Fabio Gadea, an octogenarian entrepreneur and professional radio, which comes second with 25.55% in the presidential race, according to President of the Tribunal, Roberto Rivas, and former President Liberal Arnoldo Aleman (1997-2002), 65, convicted in 2003 for corruption.
Thousands of Nicaraguans had already invaded the streets of Managua just before the announcement of the results to show their joy honking.
Legislative elections were held simultaneously
The main challenge lay in the election result of legislation which took place the same day, Daniel Ortega starting favorite.
The former guerrilla of 65, an ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, won the Supreme Court a controversial decision allowing it to run for a second consecutive term of five years, contrary to what the Constitution provides for the Nicaraguan.
"This vote will be very supportive of the Sandinista Front, because it's the first time we organize an election without fear" in favor of the Sandinistas, which has demonstrated its ability to govern in peace, said Daniel Ortega, who had participation predicted "massive" after voting in Managua.