Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

Ortega Threatens to Dissolve Congress

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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega voiced the possibility on Wednesday evening of dissolving the Nicaraguan legislature if it continues to stall the confirmations of 25 executive-branch appointees.  “If you give me the word, I’ll refound congress,” Ortega said in comments that were republished by the president’s communications office. “If the business council supports me, I’ll rewrite it. I’ll dissolve the National Assembly.”

The debate around the appointments has persisted for months because neither the governing Sandinista party nor the opposition party has a majority vote in the congress. Liberal Party spokesman Leonel Teller responded yesterday, saying the president’s threat indicates dictatorial tendencies, and urged the Organization of American States (OAS) to intervene.

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