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Weekly Report - 10 June 2021 (WR-21-23)

NICARAGUA: Arrests of opposition contenders fuel democracy concerns

In just over a week, four opposition pre-presidential candidates for the 7 November general elections, in which President Daniel Ortega is seeking a further term for the ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN), have been arrested. The arrests could prove a tipping point for the international community which has already expressed growing alarm at various developments ahead of the vote, such as the decision by the electoral authority (CSE) to cancel the legal status of two opposition parties [WR-21-21], a new electoral reform, and appointment of the new CSE [WR-21-16].

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