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Weekly Report - 07 October 2021 (WR-21-40)

NICARAGUA: Electoral campaigns kick off

Campaigns have officially begun ahead of the 7 November general elections in which President Daniel Ortega is seeking a fourth consecutive five-year term for the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN). With key contenders arrested [WR-21-36], genuine opposition parties excluded [WR-21-32], a supreme electoral court (CSE) widely criticised as partisan, and an absence of credible international observers, opposition groups like Coalición Nacional (CN) continue to dismiss the contest as a “farce” and urge the public and international community alike not to recognise the results.

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