The Nicaraguan elections came and went without much noise.
Ortega won easy. Few were surprised.
Maybe the lack of political enthusiasm was a side effect of our beach town surroundings, but who knows. Voting machines were burned in Matagalpa, hundreds of ballot boxes went missing, all kinds of election day “irregularities” occurred throughout the country prompting criticism from the European Union …
… but no one seemed to care.
"Of course he won. So what?" a bartender told me. "Of course it was a fixed election. So what?"
He didn’t want to talk about it. I asked to borrow a newspaper.
"Just don’t do the crossword puzzle, that’s for my lunch break," was all he said.
Image courtesy of La Prensa.
© Diego Cupolo 2011