- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

MANAGUA, NICARAGUA (AP) - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is accusing the U.S. of “taking bread” from the poor by holding back aid.

The U.S. said this week it will continue delaying some $64 million in development aid because of an election dispute in the Central American nation.

Ortega’s leftist Sandinistas won a majority of mayorships in the November vote. He defends the election as fair, but the opposition argues that it was fraudulent.

The president said Friday that his government “will not negotiate the mayorships” his party won.

U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua Robert Callahan said Thursday that the aid could be canceled if no resolution is found after three months.

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