- Title: NICARAGUA: One gravely injured in Nicaragua election violence
- Date: 11th November 2008
- Summary: (BN2) MANAGUA, NICARAGUA (NOVEMBER 10, 2008) (REUTERS) LIBERAL CONSTITUTIONAL PARTY (PLC) PROTESTERS MARCHING ON STREET WITH FLAGS PLC PARTY PROTESTERS BURNING OPPOSITION FLAG PLC PARTY PROTESTERS WAVING FLAG IN FRONT OF RIOT POLICE RIOT POLICE RUNNING DOWN STREET PLC PARTY PROTESTERS CARRYING BATS AND ANOTHER PROTESTER BEATING CHEST RIOT POLICEMEN AND PLC PROTESTERS GENERAL VIEW OF PLC POLITICAL RALLY LIBERAL CONSTITUTIONAL PARTY (PLC) LEADER, FORMER FINANCE MINISTER EDUARDO MONTEALEGRE, WITH SUPPORTERS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LIBERAL CONSTITUTIONAL PARTY (PLC) LEADER, EDUARDO MONTEALEGRE, SAYING: "They know the people are angry because we won't allow them to take away our elections." PLC PARTY SUPPORTERS MONTEALEGRE WALKING WITH SUPPORTERS GENERAL VIEW OF PROTEST INJURED JOSE ESTEBAN SANDOVAL INJURED SANDOVAL BEING CARRIED ON TO PICK-UP TRUCK
- Embargoed: 26th November 2008 12:34
- Location: Nicaragua
- Country: Nicaragua
- Topics: Domestic Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA6YDAOSRHSKTI926EZBTZGL4Q8
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- Story Text: At least one person is gravely injured in Nicaragua when members of rival political groups clash over contested local elections largely won by President Daniel Ortega's leftist Sandinista party.
At least one person was gravely injured in Nicaragua on Monday (November 10) when members of rival political groups clashed over contested local elections largely won by President Daniel Ortega's leftist Sandinista party.
Jose Esteban Sandoval, 34, was shot and gravely injured in front of Managua's City Hall after an opposition leader claimed the elections were marred by fraud and called his party into the streets, Nicaraguan media reported.
Several others were also injured in the clashes involving hundreds of opposition activists who confronted riot policemen on the streets of the Nicaraguan capital city of Managua.
The Sandinistas, who fought a civil war against U.S.-backed Contra rebels in the 1980s, won 94 of 146 mayorships up for grabs in the elections, according to preliminary results with almost all votes counted.
The right-wing opposition Liberal Constitutional Party (PLC) - which is led by former Finance Minister Eduardo Montealegre - took 46 mayorships.
Montealegre told his supporters during a political rally he would not let the Sandinista party get away with the alleged electoral fraud.
"They (Sandinista party) know the people are angry because we won't allow them to take away our elections," he said.
Votes were not yet fully counted in six municipalities, including the capital, where former world boxing champion and Sandinista candidate Alexis Arguello was ahead in the count, leading 51.3 percent to 46.5 percent against an opposition rival.
Observers from magistrates and election experts from Latin American countries were present during the election but observers from the Organization of American States were not present, as expected by the opposition.
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