Daniel Ortega

Nicaragua's chief leader Daniel Ortega speaks to the Foreign Policy Association on Monday, Oct. 2, 1984 at New York's Hilton Hotel. Because of "imperialist propaganda," Ortega has a flawed image in the United States, and the Sandinista government has decided to strike back with an "almost daily" media blitz, according to a secret document. (AP Photo/Mario Suriani)

Mario Suriani

Ortega was 33 when he became a leader of the junta that ran Nicaragua after the Sandinista revolution ousted dictator Anastasio Somoza in July 1979. In November 1984, just before his 39th birthday, Ortega was elected president. He was voted out in 1990 and then won re-election in 2006, 2011 and 2016.

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