She has represented Ortega overseas on diplomatic and trade missions. “We are more than 50 percent of the population and we have the possibility, the duty, the right to fill decisive positions.”. That prompted the US House of Representatives to pass a bill that would require the US to oppose loans to Nicaragua from international lending institutions unless the country takes “effective steps to hold free, fair and transparent elections.” Companion legislation has been introduced in the Senate. The government wants to “ensure it has the income to sustain its repressive apparatus and keep its base mobilized and ready” in case there are further demonstrations, Pallais said. The most important news stories of the day, curated by Post editors and delivered every morning. President Daniel Ortega has sent shock wave down the spine of his people when he suddenly announced his wife, Rosario Murillo as his running mate as he seeks 3rd term re-election. Daniel Ortega is the President of Nicaragua. Biography of Daniel Ortega, Nicaraguan guerrilla leader, member of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) junta that took power from the Somoza family in 1979 after victory in the civil war. “Our aspiration is for all women in Nicaragua to play a full role,” Murillo said in August after being named to the ticket. According to BBC, First Lady Murillo, a re-known poet is known for promoting her New Age spirituality on TV. Opponents also accuse Murillo of overreaching. She returned home when Somoza was toppled. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega names his wife as his running mate and candidate for vice-president as he seeks re-election for a third term. On Thursday, Michael G. Kozak, the acting assistant U.S. secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, tweeted that “Daniel Ortega is nowhere to be found” as his country faces covid-19. Nicaragua has reported only nine cases of covid-19 and one fatality. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? “We have a unique country . . . “The diocese wanted to work for the people’s health, and we were not permitted,” tweeted Bishop Rolando Alvarez, of the northern city of Matagalpa. Ortega made his first public appearance in 19 days. “And so this would be a way to really guarantee that should something happen to him, the family control over Nicaraguan politics will continue.”, Read our full mailing list consent terms here. Churches in this predominantly Catholic country canceled Holy Week processions and have been transmitting Mass via video. By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, Correspondent covering Mexico and Central America. There are days when ‘pandemic frustration’ really riles me up. He returned to the presidency in 2007 and has won reelection twice since then. MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Aug. 3 (UPI) --Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has named Rosario Murillo, his wife, as his vice presidential running mate as he seeks a … All have now canceled their flights indefinitely. He denied that anyone died as a result of Hurricane Eta. (Esteban Felix / Associated Press) Daniel Ortega, former President of Nicaragua, with his wife, poet and revolutionary Rosario Murillo, in Nicaragua, 26th June 1990. “If 'the man' dies, she'll be there. Officials say all the infections were acquired abroad. The shared power between Ortega and Murillo aims to create “a new dynasty,” said Monica Baltodano, a former guerrilla commander who broke with the Sandinistas. In the 1970s she began publishing poetry, worked at a newspaper and co-founded a cultural group opposed to the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza. Said to be a tireless worker, Murillo broadcasts daily TV and social media messages in which she offers everything from world news to culinary tips in a style that draws on religious, revolutionary and poetic rhetoric. They terrorized suspected opponents of the regime to avenge their father's death. Nicaraguan leader Daniel Ortega has been re-elected, setting the stage for his third consecutive term - but this time accompanied by his wife as vice president. This pandemic will end, and when it does, please take me out to the ballgam... FDA authorizes the first coronavirus vaccine, a rare moment of hope in the ... As the pandemic raged, my independent mother’s memory worsened, her isolati... ER doctor’s animated covid-19 video gives stark view of pandemic’s toll on ... Lockdowns are coming again. 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Many Nicaraguans are also enthusiastic about the Ortega-backed plan for an interoceanic canal they hope will jump-start the economy of the Western Hemisphere's second-poorest nation, though critics say it's unlikely to ever get built and threatens environmental and social disruption if it does. Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega picks wife as his vice presidential running mate. 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Skeptical that Congress can vote remotely? First his backers pushed through constitutional amendments to let him seek another re-election. Critics say he has eliminated all serious opposition. The Cuban government has said that three of its citizens who recently visited Nicaragua have tested positive for the virus. Murillo is beloved by many poor Nicaraguans and Sandinista faithful, consistently polling around 70 percent approval. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega gestures during his address before the Organization of American States in Washington on Nov. 11, 1987. Thailand has seen near-daily protests in recent weeks by students demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Members of the Kayapo tribe block the BR163 highway during a protest outside Novo Progresso in Para state, Brazil. The strategy was hinted at by Ortega’s wife, Rosario Murillo, in a public communiqué she issued as the president’s communications chief shortly after he began his second administration in 2007. Rosario Murillo is particularly influential among women and the poor, who see her as responsible for programs she announces: putting roofs on homes, doling out micro loans, funding school lunches and running women's clinics, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Nicaragua’s neighbors fear they could be hurt by spillover effects. The government says he’s still in control. Once more, he attacked the April 2018 civic rebellion. Born in a remote village, Ortega was raised by his activist parents. Ortega, 74, is one of Latin America’s best-known politicians, the leader of the Sandinista revolution that toppled a right-wing dictator in 1979. Authorities say they’re doing a responsible job preparing people for covid-19 — sending health teams door to door to encourage people to wash their hands and report fever or other virus symptoms. Rosario Murillo, the first lady of Nicaragua, is on the ticket as Vice President in the upcoming November 6 presidential election with her husband, President Daniel Ortega. Recent surveys give the husband-and-wife team over 60 percent of voter preference compared with just 12 percent for a smattering of little-known candidates. Critics accuse Ortega of blatantly rigging the system despite the fact he would likely win anyway. Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega picks wife as his vice presidential running mate. Private schools switched to online classes weeks ago. Masks, which were already compulsory on public transport, in enclosed public spaces, and outdoors in Paris in certain high-congestion areas around tourist sites, were made mandatory outdoors citywide on August 28 to fight the rising coronavirus infections, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows to the national flag at the start of a press conference at the prime minister official residence in Tokyo. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Then rulings by the Ortega-friendly Supreme Court and Supreme Electoral Council blocked his most serious opponents from running and unseated nearly all opposition lawmakers remaining in the National Assembly. The strategy was hinted at by Ortega’s wife, Rosario Murillo, in a public communique she issued as the president’s communications chief shortly after he began his second administration in 2007. Daniel Ortega claims Eta left “not one single death” Less than five minutes into his speech, Ortega recalled the crisis caused by the November 3 rd passage of Hurricane Eta. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, a former Marxist guerrilla leader, changed his political stripes and is now clinging to power alongside his wife and vice president, Rosario Murillo. MANAGUA, Nicaragua — In the photo, a bunch of kids in swimsuits are sitting around a table at the beach. In fact, he hasn’t appeared in public for a month. “And mafia-style, he picks his wife to give her the kind of institutional power that she already had de-facto.”. Born: 11-Nov-1945 Birthplace: La Libertad, Nicaragua Gender: Male Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Head of State Nationality: Nicaragua Executive summary: President of Nicaragua Father: Daniel Ortega Wife: Lidia Saavedra Brother: Humberto Ortega Saavedra Wife: Rosario Murillo (m. 2005, seven children … After his father saw action in a civil war, he and his wife became adamantly opposed to the ruling dictator. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega names his wife as his running mate and candidate for vice-president as he seeks re-election for a third term. Working in Ortega's favor is the country's consistent if unspectacular economic growth, as well as relatively low homicide rates at a time when neighboring El Salvador and Honduras are among the deadliest countries on the planet. She has been his shadow. He denied that anyone died as a result of Hurricane Eta. Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Rosario Murillo, looked likely to win elections that would hand him … (As it turned out, the beach photo tweeted by Ortega’s son was old.) Repression kindled opposition, which surfaced after Fidel Castro overthrew the Batista regime in 1959. Daniel Ortega, right, shows his ink-stained thumb after casting his vote alongside wife Rosario Murillo in Managua, Nicaragua, on Sunday. Despite taking preventive measures for himself and his family, the Sandinista leader remained silent about preventive measures and any assistance for the population to face the health and economic crisis. and it’s best to enjoy it with your family!” wrote Juan Carlos Ortega, the son of Nicaragua’s president, in a tweet with the image of his children posted on April 4. It’s promoting festivities such as an event to distribute a sugary fruit treat — “the biggest almibar handout in Nicaragua.” Authorities haven’t closed borders, businesses or stadiums. Soon after he spoke, an Aeromexico flight took off from Managua for Mexico. Hopes that Nicaragua would receive 160,000 tourists, as it did last year, had been dashed, he said — it might not get half that many. Not even Bill and Hillary dared to go as far as Daniel and Rosario.. Coronavirus vaccines can have side effects. Select from premium Daniel Ortega Saavedra of the highest quality. The former rebel leader is looking to secure his third consecutive term - and his fourth in total “I mean she's in people's homes all the time now... She's become really the public face of the administration, and I think that's helped her popularity immensely,” said Christine Wade, a political scientist at Washington College in Maryland. But it was after Ortega returned to the presidency in 2007 that Murillo's rise truly began. Authorities have organized pro-government rallies, including one in mid-March dubbed “Love in the Time of Covid-19,” to show “solidarity” with victims worldwide. Health and human rights groups in the hemisphere, meanwhile, are growing increasingly alarmed at the government’s laissez-faire approach to the deadly virus. The strategy was hinted at by Ortega's wife, Rosario Murillo, in a public communique she issued as the president's communications chief shortly after he began his second administration in 2007. It’s already happening. SANTA FE, Argentina – In a span of a few days, several members of the Catholic hierarchy in Nicaragua have spoken against the government of President Daniel Ortega and his wife… His government has turned sharply authoritarian in recent years. Omnion Cultural fights for the independence of Catalonia, The Moria refugee camp, two days after Greece's biggest migrant camp, was destroyed by fire. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo prepare to cast their votes in Managua during the presidential election on November 6, 2016. The former rebel leader is looking to secure his third consecutive term - and his fourth in total But what perhaps most sets the Central American nation apart is its president. Daniel Ortega doesn’t seem to be leading the charge against the coronavirus. Write Daniel Ortega's 1st recommendation. The executive order signed by U.S. President Donald Trump targets Nicaraguan officials for a… Are you sure you want to delete this comment? And that’s why the large gatherings of recent weeks are causing so much alarm. “Who better than 'the companera?”' Ortega said. She is powerful,” said fruit vendor Roberto Mayorga. Murillo said Wednesday that the government was “rigorously applying” sanitary measures in airports, ports and jails. By Ana Lucia Cruz (Confidencial) HAVANA TIMES – On Sunday November 8 th, Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega interrupted 19 days of absence and silence with a public appearance. “She's already been involved in the main decisions affecting the country and advising the president. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. It was the last flight by the last international airline serving Nicaragua. read. While many Sandinista loyalists wave the issue aside, some Nicaraguans continue to hold a dim view of Murillo's role. It was the first time Daniel Ortega and his wife/VP/spokesperson Murillo were seen out of their residence/dispatch in over four months. China will celebrate national day marking the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1st, The Glass Mountain Inn burns as the Glass Fire moves through the area in St. Helena, California. Nicaragua’s power couple: President Daniel Ortega picks wife as running mate. Once fast-growing, it cratered after the government violently suppressed pro-democracy protests in 2018. The country of 6 million is less densely populated than others in the region. In 1998, Ortega's stepdaughter alleged that he had sexually abused her for 10 years, beginning when she was 11 years old. A billboard in Managua promotes Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, who is seeking reelection, and his running mate and wife, Rosario Murillo. Murillo, 65, was born in Managua in 1951 and obtained diplomas in English and French while studying in Britain and Switzerland. Coronavirus lockdowns across Latin America send Venezuelan migrants back to their broken homeland. Murillo, who also serves as government spokeswoman, did not return a call and email seeking comment. Born in a remote village, Ortega was raised by his activist parents. Ortega and Murillo looked likely to win elections that would hand him a third straight term and cement her role as co-ruler. Daily protests calling for the authoritarian president's resignation are now in their second month, Members of 'Omnium Cultural' celebrate the 20th 'Festa per la llibertat' ('Fiesta for the freedom') to mark the Day of Catalonia in Barcelona. Once more, he attacked the April 2018 civic rebellion. Rather than discouraging crowds, the Sandinista government is trying to manufacture them. “We’re worried about their approach, because the recommendations of the [World Health Organization] are for social distancing,” said Costa Rica’s president, Carlos Alvarado. Daniel Ortega's wife was poetess Rosario Murillo; they had seven children. If the virus spreads unchecked, Bonilla said, the country could face a “catastrophic scenario.”, Public health experts: Coronavirus could overwhelm the developing world. During the first Sandinista governments from 1980 to 1990, she was a newspaper culture editor, head of the Sandinista Cultural Workers' Association, a lawmaker and head of the country's Institute of Culture. In fact, he hasn’t appeared in public for a month. FILE - In this March 21, 2019 file photo, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega speaks during the inauguration ceremony of a highway overpass in Managua, Nicaragua. Coronavirus on the border: Why Mexico has so few cases compared with the U.S. Ortega made his first public appearance in 19 days. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Daniel Ortega doesn’t seem to be leading the charge against the coronavirus. He's almost never alone in those ads: Accompanying Ortega is the smiling visage of his first lady, spokeswoman and now running mate, Rosario Murillo. She met Ortega during the revolution, and they fell in love while in exile. “We don’t have community transmission, thanks be to God infinitely,” Murillo said on Thursday. This time, we know better how to make the most ... in a tweet with the image of his children posted on April 4, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, imposed sanctions against Ortega’s family members and the police, soccer league has continued to hold matches, See how many doses will be available in your state. Nicaraguan first lady Rosario Murillo was named Tuesday to be the running mate of her husband, Daniel Ortega, in his bid to win election to a third … It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. She worked with the FSLN after 1969 and was captured by the Somoza regime's security forces in 1979. In the 1990s, Murillo defended Ortega against her own daughter Zoilamerica, who alleged that her adoptive stepfather had sexually abused her for more than a decade. In an Instagram post he said he could now breathe independently following his suspected poisoning last month, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba and former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida celebrate after Suga was elected as new head of the ruling party at the Liberal Democratic Party's leadership election in Tokyo, A man stands behind a burning barricade during the fifth straight day of protests against police brutality in Bogota, Police officers block and detain protesters during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus. In fact, he hasn’t appeared in public for a month. Not even Bill and Hillary dared to go as far as Daniel and Rosario.. Ortega said that the phenomenon “left damages”, but that these were “reparable”. “What's going to happen (in the election) is a farce,” said Carlos Langrand, one of the 28 opposition lawmakers booted in July. Daniel Ortega doesn’t seem to be leading the charge against the coronavirus. Since April 18, when the violent suppression of protests against a Social Security Reform triggered a massive civic insurrection, President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice-President Rosario Murillo, have abandoned all pretense of tolerance and restraint and unleashed a deadly wave of repression. What never should have happened is happening again in Nicaragua. Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega speaks with his wife Rosario Murillo during a commemoration of the 37th anniversary of the founding of the army in Managua How to help: Your community | Seniors | Restaurants | Keep at-risk people in mind. In what is believed to be a first in modern electoral politics, Nicaragua’s leftist president, Daniel Ortega, last week tapped his wife, Rosario Murillo, as his running mate in his race this year for a third term in office. Dozens of fires are burning out of control throughout Northern California as fire resources are spread thin, Students use their mobile phones as flashlights at an anti-government rally at Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathom. José Daniel Ortega Saavedra (born November 11, 1945) is a Nicaraguan politician and former revolutionary who served as leader of Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990, and is presently serving as President of Nicaragua since 2007. And we need it now. Some say it brings more questions... Tracking vaccine distribution, state by state. He noted the hurricane’s impact on Nicaragua’s North Caribbean coast. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. 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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (R) and his wife Rosario Murillo wave after voting in Managua during the presidential election on November 6, 2016. “Our hearts go out to the people of #Nicaragua who need leadership and factual information on this deadly pandemic,” he wrote. Ortega, still in high school in Managua in 1959, took part in a widespread student struggle against the S… And she's equally reviled by government opponents, who see her presence on the ticket as another step in the 70-year-old Ortega's push to maintain the couple's grip on power in a country with a long and uncomfortable history of dynastic families. After the victory she became general secretary of the Sandinista Cultural Workers Association and in 1985 became an FSLN delegate in the National Assembly. She said Nicaragua enjoyed some advantages in confronting the health crisis. Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Rosario Murillo, looked likely to win elections that would hand him … The U.S. government has imposed sanctions against Ortega’s family members and the police in retaliation for what it calls their corruption and brutality. Critics say he has eliminated all serious opposition. Josefina Bonilla, a doctor and public health expert in Managua, the capital, said Nicaragua’s low number of cases reflected a lack of testing. After the victory she became general secretary of the Sandinista Cultural Workers Association and in 1985 became an FSLN delegate in the National Assembly. According to BBC, First Lady Murillo, a re-known poet is known … Rosario María Murillo Zambrana (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈsaɾjo muˈɾiʝo]; born 22 June 1951) is the vice president and first lady of Nicaragua.She is married to the current president Daniel Ortega.She was also first lady when, in 1985, her husband became president six years after the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) overthrew the Somoza dynasty. On bright-pink billboards across the Nicaraguan capital, President Daniel Ortega looms triumphantly over motorists ahead of next Sunday's vote, where he's considered a shoo-in. Mon, 07 Nov, 2016 - 11:17 ... Lesther Aleman confronts Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega at a televised negotiation on May 16, 2018. Wed., Nov. 2, 2016 timer 4 min. AKA Daniel José Ortega Saavedra. 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