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Marxist icon Daniel Ortega is expected to win the Nicaraguan election




Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega delivers a speech during the celebration of his three years in the government in Managua, on January 9, 2010.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega delivers a speech during the celebration of his three years in the government in Managua, on January 9, 2010.
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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has been a Marxist icon for decades. As a leader of the Sandinista guerrillas in the eighties, he oversaw dramatic land reform and wealth redistribution programs. Ortega's socialist policies became a high profile target of the Reagan administration and eventually led to armed attacks from U.S. backed forces. A lot has changed. Ortega is still the leader of his country but now he's more well known for his close relationship with the private sector. On Sunday it's expected he'll win his third term as President.

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Jason Beaubien, the Mexico City correspondent for NPR, reporting from Managua, Nicaragua