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Nicaraguan exiles sink roots in Costa Rica as Ortega set for re-election

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By Daina Beth Solomon UPALA, Costa Rica (Reuters) – Nicaraguans forced to flee across the country’s southern border into Costa Rica expressed a mix of anger, pain and resignation ahead of Sunday’s election, where President Daniel Ortega is expected to extend his long rule after cracking down on rivals. Francisca Ramirez and over 40 of her relatives belong to a diaspora of tens of thousands of exiles in Costa Rica and beyond that could grow if Ortega tightens his grip. She fled south three years ago with her husband and six children, fearing she would be imprisoned for protesting against Ortega…

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