Nicaragua scraps Presidential term limits


Nicaragua’s National Assembly has voted through a controversial constitutional amendment which scraps presidential term limits. The 92 seat parliament voted by 64 votes for to 25 votes against to scrap the presidential terms. This allows President Daniel Ortega of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) to seek election once more in 2016.

The FSLN hold 63 of the 92 seats in the National Assembly.

Previously there had been a two term limit on presidential terms, but this would have excluded Ortega from standing in 2016. The changes also eliminate the 35% minimum needed to win an election in favour of a first past the post arrangement.

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