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Daniel Ortega sworn in for 3rd term as Nicaragua's president

  • Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, right, welcomes Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, center, at the start of his swearing-in ceremony in Managua, Nicaragua, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Also attending are El Salvador President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, left, and Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, behind center. The Taiwanese leader is in Nicaragua as part of a weeklong state tour to reinforce Taiwanese relations in Central America. (AP Photo/Miguel Alvarez)

    Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, right, welcomes Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, center, at the start of his swearing-in ceremony in Managua, Nicaragua, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Also attending are El Salvador President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, left, and Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, behind center. The Taiwanese leader is in Nicaragua as part of a weeklong state tour to reinforce Taiwanese relations in Central America. (AP Photo/Miguel Alvarez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen attends the inauguration ceremony of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in Managua, Nicaragua, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The Taiwanese leader is in Nicaragua as part of a weeklong state tour to reinforce Taiwanese relations in Central America. (AP Photo/Miguel Alvarez)

    Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen attends the inauguration ceremony of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in Managua, Nicaragua, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The Taiwanese leader is in Nicaragua as part of a weeklong state tour to reinforce Taiwanese relations in Central America. (AP Photo/Miguel Alvarez)  (The Associated Press)

Daniel Ortega has been sworn in for another term as Nicaragua's president while his wife, Rosario Murillo, is the new vice president, giving a married couple the reins of power for the first time in the country's history.

Ortega, a 71-year-old former guerrilla fighter, took the oath Tuesday in Managua with the presidents of Venezuela, Bolivia and Taiwan in attendance.

Ortega let his wife speak first. She addressed Nicaragua's women, saying that together they will win the spaces they deserve.

Ortega and Murillo were elected in November with 72.5 percent of the vote, but with a high rate of abstentions. Their party won 71 of the 92 seats in parliament.

Nicaragua could face economic challenges in Ortega's third 5-year term with Venezuela's aid, which funded many social programs, falling steeply.