Don’t let the door hit you on the butt on the way out

Some leaders just never leave.  Take, for instance, Daniel Ortega.  I was hoping we’d seen the last of him 20 years ago, but he’s still here and he has no interest in leaving either.

The Nicaraguan government enacted a one-term rule for presidents in 1995 but Ortega scoffs at such puny restrictions.  The country enjoyed a nice 30+ hiatus from the former Sandinista, but that ended in 2007 when he returned to the presidency.  So how is he still president?  The NY Times reports that he “won re-election in 2011 after the Supreme Court issued a ruling blocking restrictions on a president running for a consecutive term, following a petition he and a group of mayors made.”

But that is apparently not enough.  His supporters are lobbying for an indefinite re-election rule, so Ortega can be re-elected again in 2016!  They are organized at least.  My favorite part of the NY Times article on the topic is the sentence noting that “Ortega has not said publicly whether he would like another term as president.”  That is a LOL indeed.

One thought on “Don’t let the door hit you on the butt on the way out

  1. What’s funny was how the Nicaraguan Supreme Court didn’t even really offer an argument as to why he could just blatantly ignore the re-election rule, other than “Duh, we can’t enforce the rule”.

    Latin American Illiberal Democracy at its finest, people. Christ. Honestly, they need to get away from anything resembling a Presidential set-up, since it seems to encourage this type of behavior down south.

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