Junta of National Reconstruction
After the fall of Somoza, it quickly became apparent to Robelo and Chamorro that they did not have any real power and Chamorro resigned on April 19, 1980, followed by Robelo three days later. On May 18, they were replaced by Arturo Cruz
and Rafael Córdova Rivas. Cruz would resign in March 1981, though he agreed for a time to be ambassador to the United States
On March 4, Cruz's appointment to Washington was announced, together with Hassan's departure for the Council of State
and Ortega's promotion to Coordinator of the now three-member junta. While the junta may have offered little authority to its non-Sandinista members, the public role did help to solidify Ortega's primacy within the FSLN directorate and enhance Ramírez's prominence.
On November 4, 1984, a presidential election
was held, which was won by leading junta member and revolutionary Daniel Ortega and his running mate, Sergio Ramírez as vice president. However, some opposition parties boycotted it, claiming unfair conditions. While the Reagan administration
and many mainstream United States media
outlets alleged the election would be neither free nor fair, numerous electoral watchers affiliated with Western European
governments, as well as United States non-governmental organizations
, declared the results legitimate.
Ortega took office on January 10, 1985, and the junta was dissolved.
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