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

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Ortega with the President of the National Assembly, Gustavo Porras, and his wife and Vice President Rosario Murillo.

On Monday, Daniel Ortega assumed the presidency of Nicaragua for the fifth time (fourth in a row), amid widespread rejection from the international community of the elections in which he was re-elected last November and the absence of the majority of Latin American leaders.

From within and outside Nicaragua, the lack of adequate democratic guarantees in the presidential elections was denounced, after most opposition candidates were arrested or exiled abroad.

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

The European Union announced a few hours before its opening on Monday new Ronda Penalties Against two of Ortega’s children and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo.

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