Following his sweeping (72.5%) victory for the ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) in the November 2016 general elections [RC-16-11
], President Daniel Ortega was sworn in last week for a third consecutive term. Leading opposition figures including former FSLN comandante
Dora María Téllez of the dissident Movimiento Renovador Sandinista (MRS) continue to denounce Ortega’s dynastic pretensions and the erosion of democracy in the country – a complaint raised not least in relation to the electoral process itself which was questioned both domestically and internationally [RC-16-12
]. Ortega’s consolidated grip on the 92-member legislature, along with all state institutions, suggests he will continue to have free reign over government policies such as the poverty reduction programmes which have ensured his popularity.