Nicaragua places former first lady under house arrest

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua police say they have placed former first lady María Fernanda Flores Lanzas, wife of former President Arnoldo Aleman, under house arrest for alleged crimes against the state. Earlier Monday, writer and former Nicaraguan Vice President Sergio Ramírez says that there is “zero possibility” of holding free elections in Nicaragua Nov. 7 and that opposition forces who participate would only be “legitimizing” President Daniel Ortega’s re-election. The writer’s comments came Monday, shortly after Mexico and Argentina recalled their ambassadors to Nicaragua for consultations, a day after Ortega’s government arrested yet another presidential contender ahead of the elections.