Sandinistas approve constitutional reforms in second vote

Nicaragua’s 25 opposition lawmakers walked out on the National Assembly today after failing to stop the Sandinista supermajority from steamrolling their new constitution into law, clearing the way for President Daniel Ortega’s indefinite reelection.

The Sandinista reforms were passed today in the second round of voting, with 64 “yeas” and 25 “nays.” The voting was along strict party lines, with Sandinista remora Wilfredo Navarro backing the president’s plan.

The two dozen opposition lawmakers belonging to the minority Independent Liberal Party Alliance (BAPLI) abandoned the legislative chamber after casting their protest vote. The opposition claims the new Sandinista reforms were passed without any meaningful consultation of the public, and will serve only to weaken Nicaragua’s democracy and strengthen Ortega’s grip on power.

- payin the bills -

Opposition congresswoman María Eugenia Sequeira, second vice-president of the National Assembly, said the people of Nicaragua “gain nothing” from the new constitution because it will not improve unemployment, education, healthcare or housing problems. Instead, the congresswoman says, the Sandinista constitution focuses primarily on foisting its partisan ideology upon the rest of the country.

“What do the Nicaraguan people gain from the indefinite reelection of the president, when we already know from past experiences the consequences that brings?” Sequiera demanded.

Sandinista lawmakers today approved in line-item vote 26 of the 51 articles of the new constitution. The rest are scheduled to be rubber-stamped Wednesday morning, without the participation of the opposition.

“We don’t need, and never will need, a Somoza or an Ortega perpetuating himself in power forever,” echoed opposition lawmaker Alberto Lacayo.

- paying the bills -

Read our previous articles on Nicaragua’s new constitution:

Nicaragua’s New Pacto

Sandinistas Aim to Change Nicaragua’s Political System


Article fetched from the source by our autoblog. Click here to read the full article…

- paying the bills --

Related Articles

Nicaragua still the country with the greatest mobility in Central America in times of pandemic

TODAY NICARAGUA - Eight months after the first case of Covid-19...

Nicaragua restores 95% electricity service

TODAY NICARAGUA - After the damages caused by Hurricane Iota a...


Rosario Murillo: La Heredera (The Heiress)

Rosarion Murillo, the "eternally loyal" to her husband and political partner, Daniel Ortega. In a profile by Confidencial in October 2016, before her election as...

Better Air Connectivity Between Nicaragua and the US

The private companies' association is in talks with United Airlines to promote the opening of a route that connects Nicaragua with the east coast...

Nicaragua Unveils Central America’s Largest Baseball Stadium

Nicaragua has unveiled its long-awaited baseball stadium in Managua, replacing the former baseball field built in 1948. The new structure will hold up to...

Bianca Jagger Gets Into The Nicaragua Act Again

(American Thinker)  Remember Bianca Jagger? You know, the disco queen and former rock-star's wife turned leftwing "human rights activist" who was last seen mourning...

What Are Some of Nicaragua’s Popular Food?

TODAY NICARAGUA - Nicaragua is an interesting place, with a tumultuous history and a relatively peaceful present. and even if many things can be...

Nicaragua Praised by the IMF

The IMF noted the positive evolution of all the country's economic indicators, and the drastic fall in poverty, with an increase of 33% in...

Poll Shows Declining Expectations on a Nicaraguan Canal

According to the results of the most recent survey conducted by Cid Gallup, the Nicaraguan interoceanic canal project, a concession given to the Chinese...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Nicaragua and Latin America.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.