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Nicaragua detains another five opposition leaders, as Ortega ups the ante

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(Reuters) – Nicaraguan police have detained at least five opposition leaders, including a presidential hopeful, deepening a sweeping crackdown of political and business figures opposed to President Daniel Ortega ahead of November elections. Scores of prominent Nicaraguans, including six who planned to challenge Ortega’s bid for a fourth consecutive term in office, have been arrested in recent weeks. Many have fled abroad. On Monday, police detained farmworker leaders Medardo Mairena, who planned a presidential bid, Pedro Mena, and Freddy Navas, accusing them of murdering and kidnapping police …

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