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Yearbook 2009

Nicaragua. According to countryaah, the major political issue during the year was President Daniel Ortega's endeavor to change the Constitution so that it would allow an incumbent president to be re-elected an unlimited number of times. Ortega expressed his interest in such a change in March and first tried in vain to get a majority behind him in Congress for a constitutional change, but instead turned to the Supreme Court. In October, the court issued a statement in favor of Ortega. Of the seven members of the Constitutional Committee, four were appointed by the FSLN (Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional) ruling party, and only the FSLN-appointed judges or their alternates were present at the meeting that resulted in the statement.

2009 Nicaragua

The measure, which 80 percent of Nicaraguans oppose according to an opinion poll, was directly illegal because the Constitution clearly states how the Constitution should be amended and cast another dark shadow over Nicaragua's public institutions and cast doubt on their functioning. As early as February, for example, the electoral control authority came up with its report on municipal elections on November 9, 2008, which showed widespread electoral fraud. The elections were a great success for the FSLN and the weight of responsibility for the cheating fell on President Ortega.

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