September 2, 2014
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - Nicaraguan lawmakers say they will study a proposal by President Daniel Ortega to remove an article in the constitution that bans consecutive re-election.
National Assembly secretary Alba Palacios said Wednesday that a commission of her six other lawmakers has been formed. She says the commission will study the proposal and consult with different sectors of Nicaraguan society before presenting its opinion of the change to the full assembly.
Ortega's proposal also seeks to eliminate the required minimum of 35 percent of the votes a candidate needs to win a presidential election. He proposes that the candidate with the most votes should win, as long as the total is at least 5 percent of the votes.
Critics say lifting the ban on consecutive re-election could lead to Ortega's perpetuity in power.