Ortega was just elected as the President of Nicaragua but it hasn't gotten much global press because of the US elections.<br><br><br><br>
I'm as pleased as punch about this. Anybody else have an opinion?
I have an opinion. (This election has been followed maybe more closely in Europe than in the States, as we have not been having very important elections these days.)<br><br><br><br>
I doubt he will deliver what the people want him to deliver.<br><br><br><br>
I wonder if he will be joining up with the troika (Bolivia, Cuba, Venezuela).
His critics say Ortega is more a demagogue (a person who's main objective is obtaining and gaining political power) than a socialist/leftist.<br><br><br><br>
After former president Arnoldo Aleman was unexpectedly sentenced to 20 years of house arrest for corruption when the precidency was passed on to his party colleague, Aleman (who was still in control of the conservative party) and Ortega formed a pact to restrict the new precident's powers. Together Ortega's and Aleman's parties had the majority in the parliament, so they decided to distribute various important positions between trusted people in their two parties. (In the judicial system, office of the auditor general, the election council, etc.)<br><br><br><br>
Ortega also supported the conservative parties in a total ban on abortion - a law that won't allow abortion even if the woman's life is at risk.<br><br><br><br>
A better alternative than Ortega would perhaps have been MRS which is a social-democratic break-away faction of Ortega's party.
From <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061118/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/nicaragua_abortions" target="_blank">Nicaraguan president signs abortion ban</a>:
<div class="quote-block">[...] Previously, Nicaragua allowed abortions if three doctors certified that the woman's health was at risk. The law signed Friday eliminates that century-old exception. [...] President-elect Daniel Ortega, who once favored abortion rights, changed his stance and supported the law after strongly embracing Roman Catholicism and winning over voters in a country with a conservative religious tradition.</div>
(Ortega was elected president, but is not yet in office - the ban was signed by the current president.)
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