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Partial results show Ortega leading in Nicaraguan presidential election

11-07-2011 14:49 BJT

MANAGUA, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Partial results of Sunday's Nicaraguan presidential election showed that incumbent President Daniel Ortega enjoys a clear lead over his rivals.

With almost 7 percent of the votes counted, Ortega had almost 64 percent, compared to 29 percent for his closest challenger, Fabio Gadea, according to electoral authorities.

Under the country's electoral law, in order to claim victory in the first round, a candidate must either win at least 40 percent of valid votes, or win at least 35 percent and have an advantage of 5 percent or more over the closest runner-up.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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