Political opposition in Nicaragua agrees to unite against President Daniel Ortega

Members of Nicaragua’s political opposition met on 9 October 2016 in the northern city of Somoto to sign an agreement to unify in protest against President Daniel Ortega and denounce the 6 November election as a “farce” (Estrategia y Negocios). The agreement pledges signatories to work together in a manner that is “transparent, coherent, active, and only and exclusively for the common good.” However, the opposition will not participate in the upcoming election where Ortega seeks a third consecutive term in office against five minority parties who together represent no more than 10 percent of the electorate (La Prensa). Many of the signers included those barred from the November election by the Electoral Tribunal, such as former opposition candidates for the Coalición Nacional por la Democracia (CND), Luis Callejas and Violeta Granera, as well as members from the Movimiento de Renovación Sandinista (MRS) and the Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC). National elections on 6 November will include the election of the president, vice president, national representatives, and members for the Central American Parliament (Parlacen).