by Joseph W

Al Jazeera live blog:

Nicaragua’s president, Daniel Ortega, says he has telephoned Muammar Gaddafi to express his solidarity with the embattled leader.

AP reports:

Ortega says he has called several times this week because Gadhafi “is again waging a great battle” to defend the unity of his nation.


Ortega has long been an ally of the Libyan leader, based in part on a shared distrust of the United States.

Ortega says that “it’s at difficult times that loyalty and resolve are put to the test.”

Gene adds: Ortega, like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez before him, is a recipient of the coveted Gaddafi International Human Rights Prize.