Nicaragua Congress votes to scrap term limits
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AFP) - Nicaragua's Congress approved a Constitutional reform on Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013, that, if ratified, would scrap term limits, enabling President Daniel Ortega to seek re-election in 2016 and indefinitely, an official said.
For the changes to go into effect, the Bill must be passed a second time in a new legislative session in 2014.
Thanks to the overwhelming majority Mr Ortega's ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front enjoys in the Congress, the Bill easily cleared its first hurdle by a vote of 64 to 26.
The proposed changes would eliminate term limits on the presidency and allow the appointment of active duty police and military officials to government offices currently reserved for civilians.