Majority Of Nicaraguans Rejects Ortega’s Plan to Govern Until 2017

By Dialogo
October 27, 2009

Due to fear of a “dictatorship,” the majority of Nicaraguans rejects President Daniel Ortega’s plans to run for re-election on the basis of a controversial judicial ruling, with the intention of governing until 2017, an opinion poll revealed. 71.3% of Nicaraguans said that Ortega “does not deserve to stay on for another term” in power; 24.6% supported his possible re-election, while 4.3% did not wish to express an opinion, according to a study carried out by M&R Consultores for the daily La Prensa. 68.3% of those polled said that “Ortega’s efforts to become a candidate for re-election tend to weaken democracy and set up a dictatorship,” while 23.6% disagreed. The survey was carried out among 800 Nicaraguans from across the country on 21 and 22 October, two days after the Court of Justice decided to strike down a constitutional provision that prevented Ortega from aspiring to immediate re-election. Following the ruling, 65.8% of Nicaraguans described themselves as “pessimistic” about its future effects, and 22.6% praised it, according to the survey, which has a margin of error of 3.5%. Ortega, the leader of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN, a leftist party), took office in January 2007, sixteen years after having led the Nicaraguan Revolution (1979-90).