In power since 2007, his presidency is marked by accusations of political repression and forced censorship. By 1967 he was in charge of the FSLN’s urban resistance campaign against the ruling Somoza family. As the conflict escalated over a period of several days and spread from Managua to other Nicaraguan cities, dozens of protesters were killed in clashes with police and counterdemonstrators. This happened recently with Dr. Roger Hodkinson among others. He took office for the second time on January 10, 2007. … They just faced two Category 4 hurricanes earlier this year. In October, in response to a petition from Ortega and more than 100 mayors, the Nicaraguan Supreme Court lifted the constitutional ban on consecutive reelection, allowing Ortega to run in the country’s 2011 presidential election. In the event, Ortega won reelection with some 60 percent of the vote, though there were allegations of election fraud. He returned to the presidency in 2007 after three failed election attempts, and he won reelection in 2011. Good effort. They have exactly 5,492 followers on Twitter right now – yet not one Nicaraguan is commenting on any of their recent posts or Tweets that they put on Twitter. José Daniel Ortega Saavedra, de son nom complet, est né en 1945 à La Libertad, non loin du lac Nicaragua, au centre du pays. A major Covid fraud project was uncovered in Brazil last year. Il s’est installé à La Libertad, attiré par la recherche d’or. I’ve lived in Latin America long enough to know of the scams that happen at high levels. Omissions? He’s introverted and airtight. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Ortega initially led Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990 following the Sandinista revolution that ousted the Somoza dictatorship, but he lost the presidential election in 1990. Nicaragua celebrates today the 75th birthday of President Daniel Ortega with hundreds of messages and best wishes that have flooded social networks from the early hours of the day. They tell one population one story and another population a different story. Nobody knows if it is legitimate. Furthermore – it’s difficult to know what to believe. Son of a veteran of the peasant army of César Augusto Sandino, Ortega moved with his family to Managua in the mid-1950s. List of Presidents; Presidents by Country ... Daniel Ortega. During a police graduation ceremony, the Nicaraguan president exhorted his compatriots to defend the dignity of the country and their rights, prioritizing the homeland, beyond the differences that may exist from a political, religious, or economic point of view. That’s also the case in El Salvador where I currently live – the people of El Salvador fought for their freedom during Covid, and now they have a higher level of freedom than they had before. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has dismissed allegations by jailed critics of his government that they have been tortured in captivity as "lies". Back in April of 2020, I wrote about how the President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, was a ghost during the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak. Photo from government website “El 19 digital” ... Daniel Ortega launched combative charges against the United States on December 11th, accusing it of colluding with the Nicaraguan opposition. American’s culture is based on the freedoms that it once fought for, although undoubtedly those freedoms are being taken away recently. Ortega was also the FSLN candidate for president in 2001, and although he was defeated, he captured 42 percent of the vote. Daniel Ortega, in full José Daniel Ortega Saavedra, (born November 11, 1945, La Libertad, Nicaragua), Nicaraguan guerrilla leader, member of the Sandinista junta that took power in 1979, and the elected president of Nicaragua (1984–90, 2007– ). 24/09/2018 Un adolescent tué dans une nouvelle manifestation contre Ortega à Managua. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. It’s hard for him, and it shows. Nicaragua's ruling party-dominated Congress has passed a law Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, that would essentially ban opposition candidates from running in the 2021 presidential elections, giving President Daniel Ortega the power to unilaterally declare citizens "terrorists" or coup-mongers, classify them as "traitors to the homeland" and ban them from running as candidates. Go figure. Nicaragua’s President continue to promote public events and reinforces no Covid19 rules. Encyclopaedia Britannica's editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on that content or via study for an advanced degree.... Get a Britannica Premium subscription and gain access to exclusive content. Les autorités disent que toutes les infections ont été contractées à l’étranger. He came to power in a 1979 revolution and was later voted out. Not you. This response is inverse from other countries in the world, where Doctors are speaking out against the strict lockdowns, claiming the forceful lockdowns, social distancing, and mask-wearing is essentially useless. Despite these developments, the opposition remained fragmented, and the FSLN, using its supermajority, pushed through changes to the constitution that removed term limits on the presidency and increased the chief executive’s power to rule by decree. Daniel Ortega, le président du Nicaragua, le 19 juillet 2020 à Managua. I found all of this information on CNN. But there's been one notable exception -- President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, who has not been seen in public for over 40 days. Ortega’s accommodation of the business community since his return to office in 2007 had served to solidify his grasp on power. In addition to the Nicaraguan people's congratulations, other heads of state and personalities have also congratulated him, such as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. At this point, I’m convinced that the mainstream media is finally starting to crumble under the weight of their own lies. President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua was successfully promoting mass gatherings and events – not telling people to stay at home. Plus Harry Galbraith on the approach taken by the Isle of Man”. That’s very suspicious. Here’s a letter from a British Nicaraguan, Helen Dixon, in response. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). In any event, recently President Ortega’s ruling over Covid in Nicaragua, or lack thereof, has been called heavily into question. TODAY NICARAGUA - Nicaragua's private television Channel 12, critical of Daniel Ortega's government, warned this Monday that it is on the verge of closure, following the decision of the Justice to auction its assets for a tax relief of US$1.4 million dollars. Foreigner perspectives, including my own, were created from false impressions of fear or from information from the World Health Organization, which was dishonest more than once in 2020. Data @ https://t.co/SGb1HvNSE1 #SOSNicaragua https://t.co/i5gn8Zimet pic.twitter.com/OK325DZKU2. Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega reappears to call coronavirus 'a sign from God' This article is more than 7 months old President, 74, had not been seen in public for over a month He boasted that Nicaraguans ‘haven’t stopped working’. Your email address will not be published. Since then, his government has become increasingly authoritarian. This article by Guardian makes zero sense. Ring in the new year with a Britannica Membership. Nicaraguans. Topping this list is a criminally irresponsible government during the pandemic. After secretly returning to Nicaragua, Ortega played a major role in the conciliation of various FSLN factions and in the formation of alliances with business and political groups. Son père, Daniel Simeón Ortega Cerda, est comptable dans une société minière. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega denounced those who are asking the U.S. or any other country to sanction his nation. As a result, Ortega was able to run for a third term in November 2016 with his wife, Rosario Murillo, the government’s chief spokesperson, as his vice presidential running mate. They criticize at every chance they get, literally even supporting the violent gang members that butcher Salvadorans with machetes. He stays out of the daily media spotlight, and in meetings he often speaks little. But don’t be fooled. This happened after famine flags had spread throughout Central America, which is one of the reasons that we started a campaign to fight hunger. Latinos are more active on social media than people in the United States. During a police graduation ceremony, the Nicaraguan president exhorted his compatriots to defend the dignity of the country and their rights, prioritizing the homeland, beyond the differences that may exist from a political, religious, or economic point of view. Browse other Presidents of Nicaragua and hundreds more presidents, prime ministers and dictators. Preceded by: Enrique Bolaños … Daniel Ortega, the son of a shoemaker, was still a teenager when he joined the left-wing Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN). Nor would I trust local news organizations in Nicaragua. Meanwhile, the FSLN established a “supermajority” by winning 62 of 90 seats in the National Assembly, clearing the way for Sandinistas to advance their legislative agenda. The mainstream media uses the language barrier to their advantage and hope that nobody catches on. The protest shifted from its initial narrow focus on the changes to social security to an angry critique of the Ortega-Murillo regime, with demonstrators chanting variations of “Ortega y Somoza son la misma cosa” (“Ortega and Somoza are the same thing”). Daniel Ortega is president of Nicaragua. Il dirigeait le parti sandiniste FSLN et était député à l'Assemblée Nationale du Nicaragua. Updates? He briefly attended the Central American University in Managua, then in 1963 he went underground and became a member of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN). Critics of the Ortega regime were also quick to point out that some of the profits from Venezuelan oil money had been invested in private companies that were controlled by Ortega’s family and friends, whose conspicuous consumption, the opposition argued, looked a lot like that of the Somoza family. Ortega, with the other released prisoners, was exiled to Cuba, where he received several months of guerrilla training. With strong support among Nicaragua’s poor, he secured a large enough plurality to defeat conservative candidate Eduardo Montealegre. by Chris | Jan 5, 2021 | Central America News. Likewise, doctors from the public and private sectors signed statements along the same lines. But, after his first year in office, Ortega’s critics questioned his motives when he began restricting news coverage, denying journalists access to government reports, and aligning himself with leftist Venezuelan Pres. Confusingly, news organizations around the world are appearing to have no fucking idea what they’re talking about. As my readers know, I’ve lost all faith in HRW, because I’ve seen first hand how they abuse their influence, such as when they misrepresented the truth in El Salvador during President Nayib Bukele’s presidency. Ortega’s government used much of the profits on additional social programs that helped reduce poverty. In the United States, most people prefer freedom. Depuis trois mois, le Nicaragua est assiégé par des forces à la solde du président Daniel Ortega. He returned to the presidency in 2007 after three failed election attempts, and he won re-election in 2011. And note – visiting that page, you’ll see that no names of doctors are ever given. On April 15th, Ortega claimed that Coronavirus was “a sign from God”. Nicaragua is considering construction of a canal linking the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, which President Daniel Ortega has said will give Nicaragua its "economic independence." However, President Ortega has had a few key moments where he stepped into the public eye for a brief moment. Daniel Ortega, in full José Daniel Ortega Saavedra, (born November 11, 1945, La Libertad, Nicaragua), Nicaraguan guerrilla leader, member of the Sandinista junta that took power in 1979, and the elected president of Nicaragua (1984–90, 2007– ). As the influence of Murillo in the new administration increased, she and Ortega began to be viewed by the public as copresidents. While doctors in other countries are being silenced and censored for speaking out against masks and lockdowns, President Daniel Ortega is firing local doctors that are demanding a more strict response. José Daniel Ortega Saavedra (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈnjel oɾˈteɣa]; born November 11, 1945) is a Nicaraguan politician serving as President of Nicaragua since 2007; previously he was leader of Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990, first as Coordinator of the Junta of National Reconstruction (1979–1985) and then as President (1985–1990). He barely nods with his mustache and looks. Honestly, it’s difficult to know what to make of Nicaragua President Ortega’s handling of the virus. The problem is that we can’t know if it’s legitimate or not. The people of Nicaragua are tired. And note: I’m still here because I’m somewhat stuck in El Salvador with my pets right now. While Ortega remained popular with disadvantaged Nicaraguans, it was a different matter with the middle class, who became disenchanted with what they saw as his increasingly authoritarian rule and with the lack of transparency of his government. Nicaragua is a sovereign nation – what matters is only what Nicaraguans think. 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