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Nicaragua’s Ortega will have two thirds majority in nation’s Congress. President’s Sandinista Party will dominate legislation

Friday, November 18, 2011


Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega will enjoy an overwhelming congressional majority in his third term in office, giving his party the power to change the constitution without needing opposition support.

Ortega's party, the Sandinistas, will have 63 out of 92 seats in the National Assembly following this month's general elections, according to results released on Wednesday by the electoral council.

Opposition parties have expressed concern that the Sandinistas could use their two-thirds majority to pass constitutional amendments that would allow the party to stay in power perpetually with Ortega at the helm.

Original source: Reuters