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Tuesday, 28 November, 2000, 18:15 GMT
Sandinista electoral wins confirmed

Electoral officials in Nicaragua have confirmed that the opposition Sandinista movement won several key seats in local elections earlier this month.

The development came hours after Sandinista supporters demonstrated on Monday to protest at the delay in issuing the results.

The Sandinistas took control of the capital, Managua, and some fifty mayorships nationwide, including eleven state capitals.

The ruling Liberal Party won in more than ninety towns.

Correspondents say the strong showing by the Sandinistas is seen as a positive sign for the party ahead of next year's presidential election.

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