Nicaragua's shrewd power couple likely to win elections

This file photo taken on January 10, 2012 shows Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (R) embraces his wife Rosario Murillo during the inauguration of his third term in Managua on January 10, 2012. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Ortega, who turns 71 on November 11, first seized control after his Sandinista guerrillas ousted the Somoza dynasty that had held power over Nicaragua with increasing autocracy from the 1930s to 1979. Politically talented, some describe him as pragmatic, cold and untrustworthy, while others see him as empathetic and humble.
  • Rosario Murillo, with whom he has nine children, two of them adopted, has taken the limelight. "She is a very intelligent, original woman who has a commanding voice" and who has carved out her own space in the political sphere, Eden Pastora, another ex-rebel, told AFP.
  • A ceaseless worker, a poet who speaks fluent English and French, and given to wearing colourful clothes and jewellery reminiscent of the hippie 1960s, Murillo, 65, has long acted well outside the confines of a role as first lady.



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