Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega and wife Rosario Murillo, who is his vice president, were shown to be the winners of the election that has been condemned by most of the international community. File Photo by Rodrigo Arangua/EPA
The Nicaraguan electoral council said that Ortega secured another five years in office after receiving 75% of more than 1 million counted ballots.
Ortega, a former Marxist rebel who helped overthrow Nicaragua's Somoza dictatorship during the 1970s, painted Sunday's election as a choice between peace and economic stability over terror and chaos.
Many observers and critics, however, say that Ortega has veered into a dictatorship similar to the one he helped overthrow more than 40 years ago. They say his government effectively crushed every legitimate challenger before the election and left no one but Ortega on the ballot as a viable option.
Protesters are seen in the streets of San Jose, Costa Rica, on Sunday during a rally to oppose Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega. Several Nicaraguan opposition groups united in several nations to repudiate elections in the Central American nation on Sunday. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA-EFE
"This isn't an election, this is a farce," said Berta Valle, the wife of one of the jailed opposition leaders, according to The New York Times. "No one will elect anyone, because the only candidate is Daniel Ortega."
"The arbitrary imprisonment of nearly 40 opposition figures since May, including seven potential presidential candidates, and the blocking of political parties from participation rigged the outcome well before election day," Biden said in a statement Sunday.
Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado said his country would not recognize the result of the election and called for the release of Nicaragua's political prisoners. The Spanish government also said Ortega has created an authoritarian regime.