Ortega to be Allowed Re-election Bid in Nicaragua
The Nicaraguan National Assembly has approved changes to the constitution that would allow President Daniel Ortega to run for a third successive term in 2016.
The bill scraps limits to the number of terms Nicaraguan presidents can serve.
The reform also scraps the current rule, which says that the winning candidate needs to receive at least 35% of the vote to be appointed president.
He was able to run for his second terms after a ruling 2011 after a questionable change to the constitution in 2009.
All this leads to the following quip (from the BBC piece), which will resonate for those who are familiar with the history of Nicaragua:
"We do not need a Somoza, sorry, an Ortega forever," opposition legislator Alberto Lacayo commented ironically during Tuesday’s debate.