- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

MANAGUA, NICARAGUA (AP) - Washington is delaying $64 million in development aid to Nicaragua for three more months pending the resolution of an election dispute.

U.S. Ambassador Robert Callahan says the aid could be canceled if no solution is found after the 90-day period.

President Daniel Ortega’s leftist Sandinistas won a majority of mayorships in the November vote, which the government defends as fair.

But the opposition argues the vote was fraudulent and complains that the government did not allow international observers.

Callahan said Thursday there are “enough doubts and credible irregularities” to be concerned about the election’s legitimacy.



The money is part of some $175 million in poverty aid for Nicaragua that expires in 2010.

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