Nicaraguans living in the U.S. kept radios on at work and gathered in local markets to watch television news reports as they awaited confirmation of early presidential election results that former Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega was sailing toward a comeback.
Sunday's election marks Ortega's fifth run for the country's presidency — the last three ended unsuccessfully.
Many Nicaraguans who fled the country during the Sandinista rule, and even those who left later, said they feared Ortega's return would mean a return to the chaos the country suffered during the 1980s, when U.S.-backed insurgents waged a civil war against Ortega's socialist government. But some also said they hoped Ortega's election would be a wake-up call to the Central American country's opposition parties to better respond to the needs of Nicaraguans.
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