NICARAGUAN President Daniel Ortega was sworn in for his fourth five-year term yesterday — with his wife Rosario Murillo as vice-president.
Cuban First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel led a delegation of Havana dignitaries to the inauguration ceremony for the Sandinista National Liberation Front leader.
More controversially, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing Wen attended.
Nicaragua is one of a handful of nations that recognise the breakaway Chinese island province’s independence.
However, relations between Beijing and Managua are strong, with China set to build a £41 billion rival to the inter-oceanic Panama canal through the country.
Following the Sandinista revolution of 1979, which overthrew dictator Anastasio Somoza, Mr Ortega was part of the five-member Junta of National Reconstruction.
In 1984 he became president in what was described as the country’s first democratic elections in decades. He lost in the 1990 election, returning to office in 2007.