Thursday, January 20

Nicaragua: Ortega takes office for the fifth time as president with the absence of the majority of Latin American leaders

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Ortega and his wife

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Ortega and his wife in a file photo.

Daniel Ortega assumed this Monday for the fifth time (fourth in a row) as president of Nicaragua amid extensive rejection by the international community of the elections in which he was re-elected last November and with the absence of the majority of Latin American leaders.

From inside and outside Nicaragua, it was denounced that the presidential elections did not have sufficient democratic guarantees, after most of the opposition candidates were arrested or went into exile abroad.

Ortega took office a day after the new National Assembly was installed, in which the ruling party controls 75 of the 91 seats.

A few hours before the inauguration of this Monday, the European Union announced a new ronda sanctions against two of Ortega’s children and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo.

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