Family business: Nicaraguan president named his wife as running mate for re-election
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, who is seeking re-election for the third term, has already named his running mate and candidate for vice-president. In his opinion, the most appropriate candidate for this role is his wife.
First Lady Rosario Murillo is a well-known politician in Nicaragua. She acted as the chief government spokeswoman and is widely seen as sharing power with her husband. While President Ortega rarely speaks to the media, his wife is regularly seen on TV discussing policy and promoting her own brand of New Age spirituality.
Ortega made the announcement as he registered his own candidacy for November election. He has previously described the "joint government" with Rosario Murillo as a symbol of equality between the sexes.
"We don't doubt that (the vice presidential candidate) had to be a woman, and who better than the partner who has already been tested with work and proved to be very efficient and disciplined?" said Ortega, cheered by dozens of supporters.
Such a president’s decision has already been criticized like a personal fiefdom.