Sandinista's last surviving founder dies

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, May 1 (UPI) -- The last surviving founder of Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista National Liberation Front has died at a military hospital, the government said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.
By United Press International

Iran seeks South American support over crisis

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won support from Latin America's left-wing populist leaders in Venezuela and Nicaragua as he set off for talks in Havana with Cuban President Raul Castro and conclusive meetings in Ecuador.
Keep an eye on Latin America, critic warns

Keep an eye on Latin America, critic warns

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. lawmaker lashed out of the White House for doing little to curb the rise of dictatorship in Latin America and regional alliances with Iran.
Chavez: U.S. 'empire' must be stopped

Chavez: U.S. 'empire' must be stopped

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Washington is a dangerous imperialist that must be stopped, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said -- while Iran's visiting president said he loved Americans.
U.S. expels Venezuelan consul as spy

U.S. expels Venezuelan consul as spy

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The State Department booted a Venezuelan consul general over an alleged plot among Venezuela Iran and Cuba diplomats to start a cyberattack against Washington.

Ortega wins new term in Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega breezed to re-election, results showed Monday, but his closest challenger said the election was fraudulent.

Ortega leads Nicaragua presidential polls

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Polls had incumbent Daniel Ortega favored as Nicaraguans went to vote for president Sunday, observers said.

Analysts: Ortega headed for re-election

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Polls ahead of this weekend's election in Nicaragua suggest President Daniel Ortega is headed for re-election, electoral analysts say.
Cables show Nicaragua biz group at work

Cables show Nicaragua biz group at work

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Nicaragua used his position to undermine President Daniel Ortega, leaked diplomatic cables show.
Photos show Fidel Castro in wheelchair

Photos show Fidel Castro in wheelchair

MIAMI, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Nicaraguan Web sites have posted recent photos of Cuban leader Fidel Castro in a "companion wheelchair" while holding meetings in Havana.

Sandinistas mark 30th anniversary

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, July 19 (UPI) -- Nicaragua Sunday reached the 30th anniversary of its Sandinista Revolution, when leftist rebels overthrew the Somoza dictatorship, The Miami Herald reported.

Analysis: Will Iran energy project work?

Iran has made yet another lofty development pledge to Nicaragua, this time in the form of a $230 million hydroelectric dam for the poor and oft-energy-short Central American nation.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Energy Correspondent

Nicaragua renews ties with Colombia

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, March 12 (UPI) -- Nicaragua said Wednesday it has re-established ties with Colombia, ending its protest of the killing of a Colombian rebel leader in Ecuador by Colombian forces.

Nicaragua severs ties with Colombia

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, March 6 (UPI) -- Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said Thursday he was severing diplomatic ties with Colombia after Colombian forces killed a leftist rebel leader in Ecuador.
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Daniel Ortega
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega speaks to media during a welcoming ceremony after arriving at Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran, Iran on June 10, 2007. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)

José Daniel Ortega Saavedra (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 11 November 1945) is the current (83rd) President of Nicaragua, having served since 10 January 2007. He previously served as the 79th President, between 10 January 1985, and 25 April 1990. For much of his life, he has been a leader in the Sandinista National Liberation Front (Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional or FSLN).

After a popular rebellion resulted in the overthrow and exile of dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle in 1979, Ortega became a member of the ruling multipartisan Junta of National Reconstruction and was later elected president, serving from 1985 to 1990. His first period in office was characterized by a controversial program of land reform and wealth redistribution, literacy programs, hostility from the United States' Reagan administration, and armed attacks by US-backed Contras.

Ortega was defeated by Violeta Barrios de Chamorro in the 1990 presidential election, but he remained an important figure in Nicaraguan opposition politics. He was an unsuccessful candidate for president in 1996 and 2001 before winning the 2006 presidential election.

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