Nicaragua: Political structure

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Economist Intelligence Unit
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Politics, Summary, Political structure
Political Geography
Nicaragua

Official name

Republic of Nicaragua

Form of state

Presidential democracy with National Assembly

The executive

The president is head of state, head of government and commander-in-chief of the armed forces. They are elected for a period of five years and appoint a cabinet

National legislature

National Assembly: a 92-member unicameral legislature, elected by proportional representation for five years

Legal system

Supreme Court, at the apex of a subordinate court system, elected by the National Assembly for five years

National elections

The last presidential and legislative elections took place on November 6th 2016. The next elections are due in November 2021

National government

The president, Daniel Ortega, governs with the support of the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN, the Sandinistas)

Main political organisations

Government: FSLN

Opposition: Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (AC), Unidad Nacional Azul y Blanco (UNAB), Ciudadanos por la Libertad (CxL), Partido Liberal Constitucionalista (PLC)

Key ministers

President: Daniel Ortega Saavedra

Vice-president: Rosario Murillo

Agriculture: Edward Francisco Centeno

Defence: Martha Elena Ruiz Sevilla

Development, industry & commerce: Orlando Solórzano

Economy, family & community: Justa Pérez Acuña

Education, culture & sports: Miriam Soledad Ráudez

Energy & mines: Salvador Mansell Castrillo

Environment & natural resources: Fanny Sumaya Castillo

Family: Johana Vanessa Flores Jiménez

Finance & public credit: Iván Acosta

Foreign affairs: Denis Moncada Colindres

Health: Martha Verónica Reyes Álvarez

Interior: María Amelia Coronel Kinloch

Labour: Alba Luz Torres Briones

Transport & infrastructure: Óscar Salvador Mojica Obregón

Central bank president

Leonardo Ovidio Reyes Ramírez

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