Ortega issues decree on Nicaraguan vote officials

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega issued a decree on Saturday that could extend the terms of electoral officials.

Ortega issues decree on Nicaraguan vote officials

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega issued a decree on Saturday that could extend the terms of electoral officials.

Nicaragua's Congress is charged with appointing electoral authorities.

Ortega's decree stipulates that the current electoral tribunal will remain in place if Congress fails to decide by February who should sit on the panel.

The electoral authorities supported a Supreme Court decision last October that would allow Ortega to run again for president.

"To avoid a power vacuum, the terms (of the officials) will be extended ... if Congress does not name new authorities or ratify the existing (authorities)," Ortega said at an event late on Saturday.

But, opposition leaders argued Ortega's decree was usurping legislative powers.

"He cannot act like a supreme power and pass over the law," said Eduardo Montealegre, who lost the 2006 presidential election to Ortega.



Reuters


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