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Daniel Ortega Begins Third Straight Term as President of Nicaragua

LADB Article ID: 80183
Category/Department: Nicaragua
Date: 2017-01-19
By: Benjamin Witte-Lebhar

Whatever challenges await Daniel Ortega in the coming months and years were well out of sight and mind on the evening of Jan. 10, when the already long-serving president of Nicaragua was sworn in for another five-year term, his third in a row and fourth overall. Joining him on stage was Rosario Murillo, his wife and now vice president, who stands first in the line of succession should illness of some other unforeseen circumstance prevent Ortega, 71, from completing the next leg of his presidency. Murillo, 65, a poet and former legislator, has been a fixture in Nicaraguan politics since Ortega, a one-time guerrilla commander, first led the country as head of the post-revolution junta government (1979-1985). He later served as president (1985-1990) but was defeated in his first reelection bid. After two more failed tries, Ortega squeezed back into the presidency a decade ago following a narrow win in the 2006 election. The ruling couple begin this next chapter in their long leadership story having amassed an extraordinary amount of power against a divided and outmaneuvered opposition.

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