Nicaragua: A Return to Caudillismo

  title={Nicaragua: A Return to Caudillismo},
  author={Kai M. Thaler},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={157 - 169}
Abstract:Nicaragua’s 2016 elections saw President Daniel Ortega win a third consecutive term, and his wife, Rosario Murillo, become Vice President, in the face of an opposition abstention campaign. Since winning the presidency in 2007, Ortega has consolidated control over Nicaragua’s institutions and economy while rejecting his revolutionary roots, stifling opposition parties and civil society, and enriching his family and associates. Ortega’s move from electoral victory to caudillo-style… 

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Nicaragua Suppresses Opposition to Ensure One-Party Election, Critics Say

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    PDVSA dijo no al 'negocio' de Caruna

    • Interviews with individuals who requested to remain anonymous

    and the reports of watchdog groups such as Freedom House and Reporters Without Borders