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Daniel Ortega To Be Dictator For Life

From BBC News:

Nicaragua court backs re-election

The Nicaraguan Supreme Court has lifted a constitutional ban on re-election, clearing the way for President Daniel Ortega to run again in 2011 elections. The court’s decision followed an appeal by Mr Ortega and a group of mayors.

In July, Mr Ortega said publically he favoured allowing people the right to seek consecutive terms.

The issue of presidential term limits is controversial across Latin America, where several nations have moved to allow consecutive terms in office.

The argument in favour is that, in the modern world, continuity over more than four years is needed if effective policies for change are to be enacted.

But ending term limits is a divisive subject in a region which saw long-running military dictatorships hold sway for much of the 20th Century.

Monday’s ruling by the constitutional branch of the Nicaraguan Supreme Court was in response to a petition by Mr Ortega and a group of more than 100 mayors.

Six justices, all regarded as supporters of Mr Ortega’s Sandinista party, determined that the constitutional ban on allowing re-election was "unenforceable". The electoral court indicated it would accept the ruling.

Opposition politicians and jurists condemned the Supreme Court’s decision as illegal.

Amid celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution in July, Mr Ortega said that the country should end term limits, as "all should have the right to stand for re-election and be rewarded or punished by the popular vote".

At the time, it was thought constitutional change would have to be approved by the National Assembly, where Mr Ortega does not have a majority, or be backed in a public referendum.

A clause from the 1995 constitution bars presidents from running consecutively or serving more than two terms.

Gee, what a surprise, huh?

This isn’t a major headline at the BBC.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Daniel Ortega To Be Dictator For Life”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    —And little Barry taking copious notes—

  2. beautyofreason says:

    “…continuity over more than four years is needed if effective policies for change are to be enacted. ”

    Change, change, change. The tag line for people who want to consolidate power. We must all change to allow one person to stay in power in perpetuity. It will make things more efficient by removing oppositional political forces – no balance of power to question, to slow down change.

    One wonders if such a thing could occur here. The Clintons tried to replay their eight years in the white house by running Hillary on the presidential ticket. These days simple stooges will suffice.

  3. ilzito guacamolito says:

    ~ Six justices, all regarded as supporters of Mr Ortega’s Sandinista party, determined that the constitutional ban on allowing re-election was “unenforceable”. The electoral court indicated it would accept the ruling. ~

    Obama has already expressed his distaste for our Constitution and the limitations it places on the President. How many SCOTUS justices may retire during the first (and hopefully only) term?

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    “The Nicaraguan Supreme Court has lifted a constitutional ban on re-election, clearing the way for President Daniel Ortega to run again in 2011 elections. The court’s decision followed an appeal by Mr Ortega and a group of mayors.”

    While o-blah-blah (et al) likely lllllllllloves this little trick, somehow I’m not thinking that it would happen that easily here. The o-blah-blah gang may try; but I don’t think that it would result in their desired result.

    God Bless America .. God Bless Her Troops!

  5. canary says:

    Obama has been learning from Ortega’s & Chavez his entire life. I don’t see a difference

    CPJ: Nicaragua Special Report: Daniel Ortega’s Media War
    By Carlos Lauría and Joel Simon Posted July 1, 2009

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua – …President Daniel Ortega was embarking on an overseas trip.

    The only journalists to accompany the president were representatives of what Nicaraguans call the “official” media

    Ortega unexpectedly returned to Nicaragua without explaining … trip.

    wife, Rosario Murillo,… Nicaragua’s communications czar.

    Nicaraguan leader and his wife have defined private news media as direct political challengers

    Critical journalists, on the other hand, face legal harassment and attacks on their character… smear campaigns intended to discredit independent reporters…

    And the Ortega administration has manipulated government advertising and access to official sources

    Latin American leaders across the political spectrum, from Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez to Colombia’s Alvaro Uribe, have pursued similar media strategies.

    In 1998, Ortega’s adopted stepdaughter, Zoilamérica Narváez, publicly accused him of molestation and sexual harassment that began when she was 13 and lasted for years. The scandal sparked a vicious debate that analysts say deepened Ortega’s tendencies toward secrecy.

    But it was the November 2008 municipal elections…that triggered a significant deterioration in press freedom conditions.

    As FSLN militants confronted angry demonstrators, they also turned on journalists covering the protests….On November 19, 2008, …….. assailants armed with guns, sticks, and stones stormed the studios,…radio stations,…national television stations Canal 2 and Canal 8,

    Confidencial reported that the government spent 80 percent of its US$3.5 million advertising in 2007-08 for spots on Channel 4, which is run by Ortega’s sons (and, according to some reports, owned by the presidential family).

    These efforts are supported by e-mail news services—

    Ortega’s crackdown on the media and other critics was intended to weaken civil institutions in time for the November 2008 municipal elections

    They worry that Ortega may seek to retain power by amending the Constitution to allow an additional term in office.

    “Ortega always plays to exacerbate crisis so he can negotiate at the edge of the abyss,” said Sergio Ramírez

    http://cpj.org/reports/2009/07/daniel-ortegas-media-war.php (entire long article)

  6. Confucius says:

    Luv, luv, luv the outfit.

    The lei, the poncho, the hardhat . . . it’s Hawaii meets Nicaragua . . . Village People meets Ugly Betty.

    You’re one crazy mess.

  7. Right of the People says:

    Well, at least he’s wearing his helmet.


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