Daniel Zovatto was a nonresident senior fellow with Foreign Policy’s Latin American Initiative at Brookings. He has been the regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance since 1997.
“What Daniel Ortega seeks, rather than a single party regime, is one hegemonic party in which other political institutions can aspire to the presidency but without a real chance of winning. That is, like the Mexican PRI [Institutional Revolutionary Party] in the decades before 2000.”
“This is something that has been brewing since Ortega returned to power in 2007 and amended Article 147 of the Constitution which expressly forbade occupying the presidency for two consecutive periods and more than once.”