Daniel Ortega has been sworn in for a third consecutive term as Nicaragua’s president, with his wife Rosario Murillo as the new vice president, giving a married couple the reins of power for the first time in the Central American country’s history.
Daniel Ortega, a 71-year-old former rebel fighter, took the oath in Managua with the presidents of Bolivia, Venezuela and Taiwan in attendance.
President Ortega and Murillo were elected in November with 72.5% of the vote, but with a high rate of abstentions.
Their party won 71 of the 92 seats in parliament.
Nicaragua could face economic challenges in Ortega’s third five-year term amid a steep drop in aid from Venezuela, which has funded many social programmes. A law is also being considered in the U.S that could block Nicaragua’s access to loans from international lending organisations, pushed by the U.S legislators claiming a critical of a lack of government transparency.