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Thu Jun 3, 2021, 04:51 PM

Nicaragua police detain opposition leader and expected Ortega challenger, Cristiana Chamorro

Also: Nicaragua opposition figure Chamorro put under house arrest (BBC)

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Source: The Guardian and agencies

Nicaragua police detain opposition leader and expected Ortega challenger

Investigation of Cristiana Chamorro seen as an attempt to stop her from challenging country’s autocratic leader in November elections

Staff and agencies in Managua
Wed 2 Jun 2021 22.24 BST

Police in Nicaragua have stormed into the house of a prominent opposition leader, one day after formally filing money laundering charges against her in what was seen as an attempt to stop an electoral challenge to the autocratic leader Daniel Ortega.

Cristiana Chamorro, 67, was detained at her home south of the capital Managua on Wednesday, 15 minutes before she was scheduled to give a virtual news conference to reporters.

Live footage on local television and social media showed police entering and surrounding the home of Chamorro, and then forcing away journalists who had arrived to cover the scene.

Chamorro, the daughter of former president Violeta Barrios de Chamorro had been expected to run in presidential elections on 7 November. But on Tuesday, prosecutors announced that they had lodged charges against her, and asked the country’s electoral tribunal to bar Chamorro from running or holding public office.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/02/nicaragua-police-detain-opposition-leader-cristiana-chamorro


Cristiana Chamorro has been placed under house arrest (Reuters)




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Source: BBC

Nicaragua opposition figure Chamorro put under house arrest

3 June 2021

Police in Nicaragua have placed opposition presidential hopeful Cristiana Chamorro under house arrest.

Prosecutors have accused Ms Chamorro of money laundering, which she denies, and demand she be barred from running in November's election.

Ms Chamorro is seen by many in the opposition as their best hope of defeating President Daniel Ortega, who is expected to run for a fifth term.

Her mother defeated Mr Ortega in the 1990 presidential poll.

The arrest is the latest in a series of measures which the opposition says are aimed at crushing its chances of defeating the government in the upcoming election.

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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-57341542

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