From the International Herald Tribune
Discounted Venezuelan diesel went on sale to city and town councils across Nicaragua on Thursday, an offer that conservative politicians have said shows there is foreign intervention in the campaign for the Nov. 5 presidential election.
The fuel was being sold by the Sandinista-dominated Association of Municipalities in partnership with Venezuela’s state-owned oil company.
While the association said it was willing to sell to towns governed by other parties, most of the cities buying the fuel are governed by the leftist Sandinistas.
Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega is currently leading in public opinion polls in advance of the Nov. 5 presidential election.
Ortega, who frequently sparred with the United States during the 1979-1990 Sandinista government, is seen as being favored by leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.