Nicaragua lawmakers resist president's re-election

AP News
Posted: Dec 03, 2009 10:40 PM

President Daniel Ortega's attempt to run for re-election has run into a setback in congress.

Lawmakers are refusing to recognize a Supreme Court decision that would allow Ortega to run again in 2011 by overturning bans on consecutive re-election and serving more than two terms.

The National Assembly approved a resolution Thursday to oppose the top court's decision. Legislators say it is up to Nicaragua's electoral commission to choose which branch of government to heed.

The electoral commission's president says the Supreme Court's ruling is final. But he leaves the post in 2010 and lawmakers are betting his replacement will side with them.

Ortega was first named president after Sandinista rebels toppled dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979.