'Family business' Nicaraguan President chooses his wife as vice-presidential candidate

70-year-old Ortega made the announcement when he and his wife presented their candidacy papers in the capital Managua

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The Nicaraguan President, Daniel Ortega has announced his wife as his running mate for elections scheduled to hold in November.  

70-year-old Ortega made the announcement when he and his wife presented their candidacy papers in the capital Managua in the company of their legal advisers.

 President Daniel Ortega and First Lady Rosario Murillo both belong to the ruling Sandinista party who first came to power in 1970.

The announcement did not however come as a shock to Nicaraguans because of the prominent role she holds in her husband’s government as the chief spokeswoman.  Rosario Murillo is seen as powerful figure in the poor Central American nation as she appears on National TV discussing her government’s projects and promoting her ideas on New Age spirituality on a daily basis unlike her husband who seldom speaks to the media.

Opposition parties have fiercely criticised the couple for the manner in which they govern the nation likening it to a “personal fiefdom”.

The first lady has seven children with the President and is fluent in English and French in addition to being a renowned poet.

She is also well-known for her love of colourful extravagant outfits and 1960-inspired jewellery.

According to a report by BBC, the couple were cheered by their supporters when they left the building after they presented their papers.

Mr. Ortega was a former left-wing guerrilla who formed part of the government junta following the Sandinista revolution. He returned to power in January 2007 after his party lost election in the 1990s.

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