MANAGUA, NICARAGUA -- Daniel Ortega, who spent the 1980s fighting a U.S.-backed insurgency, said in his presidential victory speech Wednesday night that he would work closely with other leftist leaders in Latin America, while blasting U.S. Republicans and the Iraq war.
After spending the day in meetings aimed at calming critics shaken by his return to power, Ortega gave a rousing speech before a sea of supporters calling for increased trade with all countries, including the United States.
In a veiled reference to the U.S. warnings against his return to power, he said: "The sovereignty of Nicaragua has triumphed!"
He also said Americans had thrown Republicans out of Congress in elections Tuesday "because they are bent on maintaining a war that has been rejected by the entire world."
He has promised to fight for the rights of the poor, eradicate poverty and stay close to leftist leaders like Cuba's Fidel Castro and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.
Ortega thanked his leftist "brothers" in Latin America, including U.S. foes Chavez and Castro.