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Nicaragua court splits opposition with ruling on party leadership

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, a 70-year-old former rebel who has been a polarizing figure as head of state, is seeking a third consecutive presidential termThe Supreme Court in Nicaragua controversially split the opposition’s ranks ahead of a presidential election in November by ordering a change in leadership of a pivotal conservative party. The divested opposition leader, Eduardo Montealegre, immediately slammed the ruling as a “coup” instigated by President Daniel Ortega, who is standing for re-election. The coalition has nominated a lawmaker, Luis Callejas, as its presidential candidate for the November 6 election, but that has to be ratified by a national convention.

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