MANAGUA—If the storyline for Nicaragua’s Nov. 6 presidential elections had been invented by a Hollywood script writer, it would read like an exaggerated and comic tale of democracy run amuck in some fictional tropical republic.

But the events and characters in this story are real.

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Signs of Protest: graffiti reading "don't count on me for this farce" is appearing on city walls throughout the country, urging citizens to use their ballots to protest the general elections. (photo/ Tim Rogers)