Nicaragua Criticism Grows After Ortega Arrests Fifth Presidential Candidate

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    Nicaraguan police arrested journalist and presidential hopeful Miguel Mora on terrorism charges in a broadening crackdown on government opposition ahead of a November election.

    Mora, previously arrested in a 2018, is the fifth opposition candidate to be detained in the past month. Authorities have also arrested a dozen other people considered opponents to President Daniel Ortega using a two-article anti-terrorism law passed in December. The head of of Nicaragua’s Business Chamber, Jose Adan Aguirri, and banking executive Luis Rivas, director of Banpro Grupo Promerica, are among those under arrest.

    Nicaragua will hold a single-round presidential vote Nov. 7, the first election since anti-government violence erupted in 2018 over Ortega’s plan to raise social security contributions while cutting benefits. Ortega is seeking his fourth consecutive and fifth overall term as president.

    Opposition party, CxL, must select a candidate to face Ortega by Aug. 2. Party President Kitty Monterrey said in an interview with Confidencial on Monday the party plans to participate in the election and run a candidate in the November vote despite the recent arrests.

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    Nicaragua, set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is a Central American nation known for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes and beaches. Vast Lake Managua and the iconic stratovolcano Momotombo sit north of the capital Managua. To its south is Granada, noted for its Spanish colonial architecture and an archipelago of navigable islets rich in tropical bird life. 

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