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CAPTION ONLY: PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES MAKE APPEAL TO NICARAGUANS’ STOMACHS

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Amelia Rivas, left, smiles during an election rally for the leading Nicaraguan presidential candidate, Arnoldo Aleman, in the city of Tipitapa Thursday. Voters in the impoverished country may vote with their stomachs in the election Oct. 20. The country's 23 candidates, ranging from communists to capitalists, have almost all made campaign promises to end Nicaragua's brutal poverty and cut high unemployment. "The problem now is the enormous impoverishment and unemployment suffered by the Nicaraguan people. The Sandinista Front must prepare to attack this disease," current Sandinista candidate and former President Daniel Ortega told reporters. Economist Mario Arana said many Nicaraguans felt nostalgic for early years of the Sandinistas when the state supplied food and medical care - forgetting the latter years when the economy collapsed and store shelves were empty.