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Nicaraguan President Simply Changes The Rules

Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega  Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) Esteban Felix/AP hide caption

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This one is so great, I'd have to call it an instant classic. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega wants to keep a bunch of his political allies in office. Problem, they're term limited out, and voters rejected his calls to re-write the constitution. Solution? Declare a national holiday and while everyone's out of town reprint the constitution, but this time with more betterness, allowing your buddies to stay in office. From the Christian Science Monitor:

Taking advantage of last week's public holiday decreed by President Daniel Ortega, top Sandinista legislator Rene Núñez ordered the reprinting of the Nicaraguan Constitution while the rest of the country was on vacation. When opposition lawmakers returned to work this week, they discovered that the "new edition" of the Constitution mysteriously included an old law that many left for dead 20 years ago.

The re-instated law, which everyone else thinks was a "transitory" provision that expired back in 1987 allows people to stay in office until a new person is appointed. Ortega himself wants to run for president again next year, despite constitutional term limits, and hopes to keep his allies in office as well.

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