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Government, Executive

popular vote, cabinet ministers, constitutional rights, foreign relations, Central Bank

Nicaragua’s president and vice president are elected by popular vote for a term of five years. Immediate reelection of the president or any close relative is prohibited. The president appoints and removes cabinet ministers and the heads of autonomous agencies such as the Central Bank. Presidential powers were reduced by the 1995 constitutional reforms but are still extensive. They include the right to initiate and veto legislation, prepare the budget, suspend constitutional rights (an act that must win the legislature’s approval within 72 hours), conduct foreign relations, nominate judges, and act as commander in chief of the armed forces.



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popular vote, cabinet ministers, constitutional rights, foreign relations, Central Bank, judges, commander, close relative, armed forces, vice president, budget, chief, act, term, hours, years

 
 

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