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Contemporary Nicaraguan politics have always been mired in conflict, be it in response to natural disasters, U.S.-sponsored terrorism, or depressing and dire poverty. And now President Daniel Ortega is using a “contested interpretation” of the country's constitution to try to stay in power, incensing his opposition.

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Former revolutionary and U.S. foe Daniel Ortega is headed toward victory in Nicaragua's presidential election. Like other leftist leaders who've found success in Latin America, Ortega campaigned against "savage capitalism" and poverty.

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