Bush and Chavez both interfering in Nicaragua election

Nicaragua’s presidential election is “four months away.”

Visiting [Nicaragua] last week to assess the preelection climate, former President Jimmy Carter said foreign interference in the [presidential] campaign is a serious issue.

“The Carter Center strongly opposes foreign intervention in Nicaragua’s electoral process,” Carter said in a statement. “Almost all of the Nicaraguans with whom we spoke expressed concern about foreign governments endorsing, vetoing or funding specific candidates.”

Two antagonists, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and United States President Bush, have sought to influence the vote as they compete for Latin American governments.

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