A President Is Running For Reelection With His Wife As His Vice President

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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is seeking another term in office with the pitch that his wife would make a great vice president.

The former guerrilla fighter jointly submitted paperwork to be a presidential candidate along with his wife to be his vice president in the company of a legal adviser, according to BBC News. Ortega spoke with members of the press after submitting the relevant documentation, telling them, “My commitment as head of state is to ensure peace and stability, and part of it is that this electoral process walk, I will walk in the best way I can.”

Nicaragua’s incumbent president hopes to get a third term when his country holds elections Nov. 6, just two days before the U.S. presidential election. The Central American leader has been the elected president of Nicaragua since 2007, but had previously held the office 1985 to 1990 and had also been the leader of a revolutionary leftist-guerrilla government junta from 1979 until 1985.

The 70-year-old leader’s wife, first lady Rosario Murillo, is known to Nicaraguans by her frequent television appearances as the government’s chief spokeswoman. Murillo has been married to Ortega since 1979 and they have seven children together.

Besides being known as the top communicator for the Ortega government, Murillo is an accomplished poet.

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