Nicaraguan Cardinal Appeals for Calm as Elections Near

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, OCT. 23, 2001 ( With general elections approaching, and a former Marxist trying to regain the presidency, the archbishop of Managua announced he will celebrate an open-air Mass on Nov. 1 to pray for peace.

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Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo exhorted citizens “to express themselves by voting” while maintaining “peace and tranquility.”

The two presidential candidates for the Nov. 4 elections are Daniel Ortega, the former Sandinista president, and Enrique Bolanos, of the governing Constitutional Liberal Party. Both are running neck and neck, polls indicate.

In statements to Aciprensa, Cardinal Obando Bravo said, “We want the elections to be a civic celebration.”

He added that every candidate who wins “must do all that he is able to and be capable of implementing his plans.”

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