Security & Strategic Review - August 2023

NICARAGUA: Ortega cements control of police

In early July Nicaragua’s 92-member unicameral legislature, which like all of the country’s institutions is controlled by President Daniel Ortega’s Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN), approved changes to Nicaragua’s constitution and organic law regulating the police (PNN). The changes enshrine in law the further subordination to Ortega of the PNN, a key tool of the FSLN administration in its crackdown on dissent, as well as punishing desertion and disobedience. Local commentators discern in the moves evidence of the administration’s weakness.

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