President Daniel Ortega amended the constitution in his favor so he would be able to run for presidency indefinitely in all future elections. In the wake of the 2018 crisis, the administration has increasingly restricted and violated the right to free mobilization and peaceful assembly.

Fiscal stability is no longer guaranteed as the public debt is continuously growing. The IMF issued a statement in 2018 saying that Nicaragua needs to “preserve macroeconomic and financial stability” to prevent an economic crisis that could have impact on all Central American countries.

The administration’s long-term political strategy seems to aim at consolidating its control over power rather than strengthening democratization and the rule of law.

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