MANAGUA – Nicaragua’s CSE electoral council on Monday proclaimed incumbent Daniel Ortega the winner of the weekend presidential election.
With nearly 100 percent of the ballots counted, Ortega has 72.5 percent of the vote, compared with 15 percent for his main rival, former Contra fighter Maximino Rodriguez, the CSE said.
Four other candidates finished in single digits.
Thousands of supporters of the governing Sandinista party took to the streets of Managua late Sunday to begin celebrating even before official results were released.
Ortega, accompanied on the ticket by first lady Rosario Murillo, was overwhelmingly favored to win a third consecutive term in Sunday’s vote following court rulings that excluded the FAD opposition coalition.
Leaders of the FAD said before the first results were disclosed that they would not recognize the outcome of the “illegal” elections.
The FAD claimed that fewer than 70 percent of eligible voters stayed away from the polls in a “repudiation of the single-party project of Ortega and his family.”
The CSE, however, said that turnout was around 68 percent, denouncing the FAD leaders as “enemies of democracy.”