[3] Ortega, like many political prisoners of the Somoza regime, was tortured and abused in jail. However some people described the election as "rigged". 56–7, 63–7, a chapter excerpted from his Nicaragua: Das blutende Herz Amerikas (Piper, 1986). They arranged to redistribute 20,000 square kilometres (5 million acres) of land to about 100,000 families; launched a literacy drive, and made health care improvements that ended polio through mass vaccinations, and reduced the frequency of other treatable diseases. Ortega relinquished the presidency the following April. [36] The Sandinista nationalization efforts affected mostly banks and industries owned by the extended Somoza family. [62] Also, there had been reports of intimidation from the side of the contras,[63] with a Canadian observer mission claiming that 42 people were killed by the contras in "election violence" in October 1989. [23], He was imprisoned in 1967 for taking part in armed robbery of a branch of the Bank of America. His government was beset by violent opposition from US-backed rebels (known as the Contras). The current president of Nicaragua is Jose Daniel Ortega who has been in office since 2007, and his Vice is Moi… Ortega was one of the leading commanders of the forces that ousted Somoza in July 1979 and became the head of the ruling junta at the head of the government of national reconstruction. Even professionals involved in the uprising (lawyers, engineering majors, radio broadcasters and merchants) had been reduced to lives of "ever-changing safe houses, encrypted messaging apps and pseudonyms", with the Ortega government allegedly “hunting us like deer,” according to one dissident (Roberto Carlos Membreño Briceño). Obituaries. [93], For this decision, the Sandinista magistrates formed the required quorum by excluding the opposition magistrates and replacing them with Sandinista substitutes, violating the Nicaraguan constitution. [98] According to the Supreme Electoral Council, Ortega defeated Fabio Gadea, with 63% of the vote. [155] The 2018 protests are symbolic of these tensions. [28] The Terceristas became the most effective faction in wielding political and military strength, and their push for FSLN solidarity received the support of revolutionary leaders such as Fidel Castro. [27], Possible explanations for his loss include that the Nicaraguan people were disenchanted with the Ortega government as well as the fact that already in November 1989, the White House had announced that the economic embargo against Nicaragua would continue unless Violeta Chamorro won. Now, He Has Protesters on the Run", "World Report 2019. Sandinista Youth paramilitaries, armed and paid by Ortega’s party, drive around in pickup trucks attacking protesters. Born in La Libertad, Nicaragua, on November 11, 1945, to middle-class parents who were actively opposed to Nicaragua’s dictator, Anastasio Somoza, Ortega was first arrested for his political activities at the age of 15. He explained that during the Reagan administration the United States imposed sanctions on Nicaragua. [142] However, with a trade show from China (PRC) in Managua in 2010, he is attempting a two-track policy to get benefits from both sides. Ortega emphasized peace and reconciliation in his campaign, and selected a former Contra leader, Jaime Morales Corazo, as his running mate. 1 decade ago. This illegal[9] intervention continued (albeit covertly) after Ortega's democratic election as president in 1984. Uribe then quipped that he would send him the bill for his ambassador's plane fare.[136][137]. Furthermore, he noted that the scheduled 2021 presidential elections in Nicaragua are now one year away. [13] In office, he made alliances with fellow Latin American socialists, such as Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. A study by the US Latin American Studies Association (LASA) concluded that the FSLN (Sandinista Front) "did little more to take advantage of its incumbency than incumbent parties everywhere (including the U.S.) routinely do." Login to reply the answers Post; Oliverio . Well, yes, Enrique Bolanos was elected in 2002. In November 1984, the Sandinistas were victorious in national elections, and Ortega became Nicaragua’s president. [92] In Judicial Decision 504, issued on October 19, 2009, the Supreme Court of Justice of Nicaragua declared portions of Articles 147 and 178 of the Constitution of Nicaragua inapplicable; these provisions concerned the eligibility of candidates for president, vice-president, mayor, and vice-mayor—a decision that had the effect of allowing Ortega to run for reelection in 2011. [138][139] The declarations were protested by the Colombian government and criticized in the major Colombian media outlets. [110] Despite attempts by Ortega's government to hide the incident through censorship of all private-owned news outlets, photos and videos of the violence made their way to social media where they sparked outrage and urged more Nicaraguans to join in on the protests. His brother Humberto Ortega is a former general, military leader, and published writer, and Camilo Ortega has also been politically active. “This is starting to look more like Syria than Caracas,” one Nicaraguan business leader told me. Ortega was in prison until 1974. [57] Ortega campaigned on the slogan, "Everything Will Be Better," and promised that, with the Contra war over, he could focus on the nation's recovery. When Somoza was overthrown by the FSLN in July 1979, Ortega became a member of the five-person Junta of National Reconstruction, which included Sandinista militant Moisés Hassan, novelist Sergio Ramírez, businessman Alfonso Robelo, and Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, the widow of a murdered journalist. as a measure to ensure stability, critics[which?] [38] The main organization of Nicaraguan big business was composed of prosperous families from the Pacific coast cities, who dominated commerce and banking. [79] During this time the Ortega government formed an alliance with the Superior Council for Private Enterprise (COSEP), Nicaragua's council of business chambers. At the summit Colombia's Álvaro Uribe, Ecuador's Rafael Correa, Venezuela's Hugo Chávez and Ortega publicly shook hands in a show of good-will. On September 2, 2008, during ceremonies for the 29th anniversary of the founding of the Nicaraguan army, Ortega announced that "Nicaragua recognizes the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and fully supports the Russian government's position". Nicaragua’s official presidential residence used to be the Casa Presidencial, which was funded by the Taiwanese government. Nicaragua police clash with protesters urging president to quit. Gangs of masked men loot and burn shops with impunity. Ortega told the press that the "revolutions of Iran and Nicaragua are almost twin revolutions...since both revolutions are about justice, liberty, self-determination, and the struggle against imperialism. Stay on top of Nicaragua latest developments on the ground with Al Jazeera’s fact-based news, exclusive video footage, photos and updated maps. The executive is comprised of the President, Vice-president, and the Council of Ministers. [149], Ortega attended the swearing-in ceremony of Nicolás Maduro for his second term on January 10, 2019. Anderson, Leslie E. and Lawrence C. Dodd, Learning Democracy: Citizen Engagement and Electoral Choice in Nicaragua, 1990-2001, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2005, esp Chapter 3. The 1983 Constituent Assembly decided to create the current Constitution of El Salvador which set presidential terms to 5 years and would begin and end on June 1. However, the Sandinista regime did initiate significant reforms that, in many cases, were of great benefit to Nicaragua’s poor and could have achieved more, had it not been for a new civil war. Americas. The President and Vice President are democratically elected on the same ballot to a five-year term. [65] The DL fought the Chamorro government with disruptive labor strikes and demonstrations, and renewed calls for the revolutionary reconstruction of Nicaraguan society. [4] While he was incarcerated at El Modelo, his mother helped stage protests and hunger strikes for political prisoners; this resulted in improving the treatment of incarcerated Sandinistas. A man in a face mask walks by a mural depicting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in Managua. Hacker reveals how he rigged elections across Latin America. [88] As a result of the fraud allegations, the European Union suspended $70m of aid, and the US $64m. [78], During his reign as president starting in 2007, Ortega has been described as taking "full control of all four branches of government, state institutions, the military, and police", and in the process dismantled "Nicaragua’s institutional democracy" (journalist Tim Rogers);[79] taking under his control "every aspect of government ... the National Assembly, the Supreme Court, the armed forces, the judiciary, the police and the prosecutor’s office" (journalist, Frances Robles);[80] "aggressively dismantled all institutional checks on presidential power" (Human Rights Watch). From 1825 until the Constitution of 1838, the head of state of Nicaragua was styled simply as Head of State, and from 1838 to 1854 as Supreme Director. [114] Authorities were also seen arming Sandinista Youth members with weapons to serve as paramilitary forces. Answer Save. [45] The tactics used by the Sandinista government to fight the Contras have been widely condemned for their suppression of civil rights. But he did not do so. Download this stock image: Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua's current president and presidential candidate from the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front shows his ballots during Nicaragua's presidential election at a polling station in Managua November 6, 2016. The officeholder is recognized as the Chief of State and Head of Government. [98], As of 2016, Ortega's family owns three of the nine free-to-air television channels in Nicaragua, and controls a fourth (the public Channel 6). See also Robert S. Leiken, "The Nicaraguan Tangle". [21] Murillo serves as the Ortega government's spokeswoman and a government minister, among other positions. The president of Nicaragua, officially known as the president of the Republic of Nicaragua, is the head of state of Nicaragua. Once under the Spanish Empire, Nicaragua gained its independence in 1821 and since then has established its independence. [67], On September 9, 1994, Ortega gained more power after taking over Sergio Ramirez's seat in the Asamblea Sandinista (Sandinista Assembly). [33] At the time, Ortega spoke truthfully when he denied Sandinista involvement in neighboring countries. [84][85] Instances of intimidation, violence, and harassment of opposition political party members and NGO representatives have been recorded. Ortega was an unsuccessful candidate for president in 1996 and 2001, but he won the 2006 presidential election. Despite the withdrawal of the unpopular decree, the protests continue, with most protesters demanding Ortega's and his cabinet's resignations. In April 2018, the people of Nicaragua peacefully took to the streets to protest lack of democracy and rule of law. She ran an effective campaign, presenting herself as the peace candidate and promising to end the US-funded Contra War if she won. Daniel Ortega, in full José Daniel Ortega Saavedra, (born November 11, 1945, La Libertad, Nicaragua), Nicaraguan guerrilla leader, member of the Sandinista junta that took power in 1979, and the elected president of Nicaragua (1984–90, 2007– ). [33] When Ortega questioned the Americans about CIA support for anti-Sandinista groups, Carter and Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher said the reports were false. In these elections, a key issue was the allegation of corruption. A leader in the Sandinista National Liberation Front (Spanish: Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional; FSLN), he implemented policies to achieve leftist reforms across Nicaragua. 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[153], In Nicaragua, reviews of Ortega's presidency have not always been glowing, with many considering him a dictator. [24] During his imprisonment, Ortega was severely tortured. This article is more than 1 year old. [83] For the first time since 1990, the Council decided not to allow national or international observers to witness the election. Ortega abandoned the revolutionary tone of the past, and infused his campaign with religious imagery, giving thanks in speeches to “God and the Revolution” for the post-1990 democracy, and claimed a Sandinista victory would enable the Nicaraguan people to “pass through the sea and reach the Promised Land.”[72] The U.S. opposed Ortega's candidacy from the beginning. The UNESCO awarded Nicaragua the Nadezhda K. Krupskaya prize in recognition of its efforts. José Daniel Ortega Saavedra (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈnjel oɾˈteÉ£a]; born November 11, 1945) is a Nicaraguan politician serving as President of Nicaragua since 2007; previously he was leader of Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990, first as Coordinator of the Junta of National Reconstruction (1979–1985) and then as President (1985–1990). [135] The relations were restored with the resolution at a Rio Group summit held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on March 7, 2008. [95][96][97] Throughout 2010, court rulings gave Ortega greater power over judicial and civil service appointments. [158][159] Ortega, his wife Murillo and their other children denied the allegations, as did many Sandinistas who believe it is politically motivated. [34], The FSLN came to dominate the junta, Robelo and Chamorro resigned, and in 1981 Ortega became the coordinator of the Junta. Alma Guillermoprieto, The Heart That Bleeds: Latin America Now, pp. It’s a very hostile environment.”[109] They had a sister, Germania, who died. Nevertheless, according to the BBC, Ortega was the most popular candidate by far, possibly due to Nicaragua's stable economic growth and lack of violence compared to its neighbours El Salvador and Honduras in recent years. Although billed[by whom?] [98], On March 6, 2008, following the 2008 Andean diplomatic crisis, Ortega announced that Nicaragua was breaking diplomatic ties with Colombia "in solidarity with the Ecuadorian people". The FSLN also focused on improving the Nicaraguan health system, particularly through vaccination campaigns and the construction of public hospitals. "[151], In 2016, Daniel Ortega did not sign the Paris Agreement because he felt the deal did not do enough to protect the climate, although he later changed his mind. These were known collectively as the Contras. [37] More than half of all farms, businesses, and industries remained in private hands. [50] While campaigning, Ortega promoted the Sandinistas’ achievements, and at a rally claimed that “Democracy is literacy, democracy is land reform, democracy is education and public health.”[51] International observers judged the election to be the first free election held in the country in more than half a century. Human rights organization offices were raided, computers seized and observers expelled. [65], Ortega ran for election again, in October 1996 and November 2001, but lost on both occasions to Arnoldo Alemán and Enrique Bolaños, respectively. [44] By 1982, the World Health Organization deemed Nicaragua a model for primary health care.[38]. [40], Ortega's administration forced displacement of many of the indigenous population: 10,000 individuals had been moved by 1982. However, he didn’t mention anything about guaranteeing that these elections be free and transparent, and open to observation. The U.S. ambassador even made an appearance with the PLC's Enrique Bolanos while distributing food aid. [27] The Ortega brothers forged alliances with a wide array of anti-Somoza forces, including Catholic and Protestant activists, and other non-Marxist civil society groups. ColoRockies30. "It's incredible that in the most powerful country in the world, which spends billions of dollars on brutal wars ... people do not have enough money to stay in their homes. His mother was imprisoned by Somoza's National Guard for being in possession of "love letters," which the police said were coded political missives. At the time, Ortega spo… He told collaborators that they should be killed if they did not take part in the robbery. [98] The opposition coalition had called the election a "farce" and had called for the boycott of the election. In 2010, several liberal congressmen raised accusations about the FSLN presumably attempting to buy votes to pass constitutional reforms that would allow Ortega to run for office for the 6th time since 1984. [65] Ramirez had served as chief of the FSLN's parliamentary caucus since 1990, but Ortega came to oppose his actions in the National Assembly, setting the stage for Ramirez's removal. Nicaragua, an outlier in the battle against the coronavirus, has kept its schools and shops open and its streets lively. [16][17] Government officials and government-owned media denied responsibility for such actions. [19][24] Ortega was released in late 1974, along with other Sandinista prisoners, in exchange for Somocista hostages. Upon his release, the result of a Sandinista hostage taking, he went to Cuba and next returned to Nicaragua to continue what was now a war against the government. After a difficult presidency marred by war and economic collapse, Ortega was defeated in the 1990 general election by Violeta Chamorro. [103], In June 2016, the Nicaraguan supreme court ruled to oust Eduardo Montealegre, the leader of the main opposition party, leaving the main opposition coalition with no means of contesting the November 2016 national elections. Most foreign and independent observers noted this pluralism in debunking the Reagan administration charge—ubiquitous in the US media—that it was a "Soviet-style sham" election. Cops wear civilian clothing, and some paramilitaries dress in police uniforms. As vice-president, Ms Murillo is the more vocal of the two, often giving long speeches on television. [21] They moved to Costa Rica with her three children from a previous marriage. [3] A Marxist–Leninist, Ortega pursued a program of nationalization, land reform, wealth redistribution and literacy programs during his first period in office. Ortega's relationship with the United States was never very cordial, as the U.S. had long supported the Somoza Family's dictatorship. [49] But by October 22, the Sandinistas signed an accord with opposition parties to reform electoral and campaign laws, making the process more fair and transparent. [80] The report found the government had progressed from "using tear gas to rubber bullets, then real bullets and finally military firepower like assault rifles and grenade launchers", based on an analysis of videos posted on social media. He was in office from 1979 until 1990 and then returned to power in 2007. "[107] According to AP News "the government has threatened to ban" professional baseball players "who refuse to play baseball ... And everyone is warned to keep quiet. People within the Reagan administration authorized the CIA to begin financing, arming and training rebels as anti-Sandinista guerrillas, some of whom were former officers from Somoza's National Guard. On May 25, 2008, Ortega, upon learning of the death of FARC guerrilla leader Manuel Marulanda in Colombia, expressed condolences to the family of Marulanda and solidarity with the FARC and called Marulanda an extraordinary fighter who battled against profound inequalities in Colombia. Under Ortega's direction, the FSLN formed the broad National Convergence (Convergencia Nacional) coalition in opposition to the PLC. [40], In 1980 the Sandinista government launched the massive Nicaraguan Literacy Campaign, and claimed the illiteracy rate fell from 50% to 13% in the span of five months. By June 2018 Tim Rogers of The Atlantic magazine described the situation: Over the past seven weeks, Ortega’s police and paramilitaries have killed more than 120 people, mostly students and other young protesters who are demanding the president’s ouster and a return to democracy, according to a human-rights group [CENIDH, Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights]. On March 15, 1982, the Junta declared a state of siege, which allowed it to close independent radio stations, suspend the right of association, and limit the freedom of trade unions. [146] During a telephone conversation between the two, Ortega told Gaddafi that he was "waging a great battle to defend his nation"[147] and stated that "it's at difficult times that loyalty and resolve are put to the test. [25], After being released, Ortega was exiled to Cuba. Embassies have been mooted, but as of 2013 these had not opened. Ortega played a crucial role in forming the Insurrectionist faction, which united the FSLN and sparked the mass uprisings of 1978–1979,[5] culminating in the Nicaraguan Revolution. [144][145], During the Libyan Civil War, Ortega was among the very few leaders who spoke out in clear defense of the embattled Muammar Gaddafi. [107], President Ortega's government has been the target of criticism for its lack of a response to the pandemic. 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