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Reelection Seen as Likely for Nicaraguan Leader Daniel Ortega

LADB Article ID: 79876
Category/Department: Nicaragua
Date: 2016-01-28
By: Benjamin Witte-Lebhar

Opposition victories in December’s parliamentary elections in Venezuela, and in the Argentine presidential runoff just two weeks earlier, have sparked talk of a “right-wing revival” in Latin America and prompted some pundits to question whether left-leaning Nicaragua, too, could be in for a change. Nicaragua’s next elections, both presidential and legislative, are set for early November—still quite a ways off—and given that the leading parties have yet to even announce their official candidates, it’s too early to say with any certainty how things will pan out. Nevertheless, more than a few observers are willing to venture that President Daniel Ortega and his Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FLSN) will continue their hold on the country, in part because of the long-serving leader’s enduring popularity, but also because of serious shortcomings on the part of the feeble and fractured opposition. Ortega, whose current run as president began in 2007, hasn’t officially thrown his hat in the ring. But given his track record, it would come as a huge surprise if he didn’t.

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