Ortega turns 66, Gadea 80

(published Nov. 11, 10:27 a.m.) – President Daniel Ortega turns 66 years old today amid international criticism for his government’s handling of last Sunday’s elections, resulting in his reelection to a third term as president.

Ortega, who spent his formative years in jail, has spend his adult life as Nicaragua’s leading political powerbroker, first as the primus inter pares of the Sandinista Revolution, and then as president from 19840-1990, then opposition leader from 1990-2006, then president again.

Ortega’s birthday comes two days after opposition candidate Fabio Gadea turned 80 on Nov. 9.

Gadea has refused to recognize Ortega’s reelection Sunday, or his birthday today.

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