Nicaragua Police Detain Opposition Leader and Expected Ortega Challenger

6/3/2021

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 November 7. 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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