Violence erupts in Nicaragua standoff

A standoff between supporters of Nicaragua’s left-wing ruling party and its opponents wounded eight on the outskirts of the capital Managua as conflict over alleged voter fraud turned violent.

A standoff between supporters of Nicaragua’s left-wing ruling party and its opponents wounded eight on the outskirts of the capital Managua as conflict over alleged voter fraud turned violent.

One partisan from each side was shot and six police officers were injured by rocks and fireworks, national police spokeswoman Vilma Reyes said.

An electoral tribunal dominated by President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista party has declared his party the winner of most of the November 9 mayoral contests, including the hotly-contested race in Managua.

But opponents say results were tampered with in Ortega’s first major electoral test since reclaiming the presidency in 2006.

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