Nicaraguans go to the polls, Ortega seeks re-election

Ortega, a onetime guerrilla who helped depose a right-wing family dictatorship in 1979, is almost certain to get a fourth straight term to prolong his status as the Americas' longest-serving leader, alongside his wife.

Since May, Ortega's police have imprisoned nearly 40 leading opposition figures, including seven presidential candidates, as well as prominent business leaders, journalists and even some of his former rebel allies.

International observers were allowed into the country only from allies including from Russia and some Latin American leftist movements, not critics like the European Union or the Organisation of American States.

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