Nicaragua's Ortega registers to run for new term

Published March 18, 2011

| Associated Press

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has registered to run for another term in office, ignoring complaints by his opponents that his candidacy violates the Central American country's constitution.

Ortega said Friday that his vice presidential candidate in the Nov. 6 election will be the former army chief, Gen. Omar Halleslevens.

A Nicaraguan Supreme Court commission made up of supporters of Ortega's Sandinista Party overturned the constitution's ban on consecutive re-election in a controversial ruling in 2009. Opponents reject that ruling.

The leftist Ortega was Nicaragua's president from 1979 to 1985 and returned to the presidency in 2006.

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