Ortega Leads in Nicaragua

From ABC News

Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega, whose socialist government was a major antagonist of the United States in the 1980s, topped all presidential contenders in a poll released Monday.

Ortega, who led the overthrow of dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979 and fought the U.S.-backed Contra rebels as Nicaragua’s president from 1985-1990, had 32 percent support in a survey by M&R Consultores published in the Nicaraguan daily newspaper La Prensa and broadcast by TV Canal 2.

Noticibly absent in the ABC report is any mention of Venezuela’s interference. Here is an example. (source)

Caracas, Venezuela, April 26, 2006—The Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA signed agreements with 153 Nicaraguan mayors yesterday in Caracas, forming the joint venture Alba Petróleos de Nicaragua, which will sell Venezuelan crude to the Central American country at preferential rates.

Pretty Generous of Huey….

Yesterday’s event was held at the Venezuelan Presidential Palace Miraflores and was attended by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Nicaraguan Presidential Candidate and Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega, and the mayor of Managua and president of the Mayors’ Association of Nicaragua (AMUNIC), José Dionisio Marenco, representing the 21 Nicaraguan municipalities participating in the energy agreement; and approximately a third of the participating mayors.

Chavez’s gernerosity however only extends to those provinces and towns that support Ortega.


  1. Good blog… Danny Ortega never won an election. We’ll see if his Marxist friend Hugo ‘The Boss’ Chavez can help with all his oil profits from Citgo. See my blog at http://sadbastards.wordpress.com

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