Nicaragua prez candidate for re-election

AP News
Posted: Apr 06, 2011 3:37 PM
Nicaragua prez candidate for re-election

Nicaragua's Supreme Electoral Council has formally accepted President Daniel Ortega registration to run for re-election in the Nov. 5 election.

Ortega registered to run March 18 and the council accepted his registration Tuesday after dismissing several requests by opposition parties to invalidate his candidacy.

A 2009 ruling by a Nicaraguan Supreme Court commission made up of Ortega's supporters overturned the constitution's ban on consecutive re-election.

The leftist Ortega was Nicaragua's president from 1979 to 1985 and returned to the presidency in 2006.

His bid for re-election has led to a series of protests by opposition political parties, civil society, private companies and even the Catholic Church.