(published Nov. 18, 10:58 a.m.) - The National Committee of the Liberal Constitutional Party (PLC) announced this morning that the party refuses to accept the two seats it was given in the legislative National Assembly next year. The party said if the two PLC lawmakers decide to assume their seats in congress, it will be as independents and not as members of the PLC.
The PLC, which won 24 congressional seats in the 2006 elections (four lawmakers later defected from the party, leaving the PLC with 20), won only two seats in next year’s congress. The party doesn’t even have enough votes to form a voting bloc, for which a minimum of four seats is required.
Therefore the PLC, once a “pacto” ally of the ruling Sandinista Front, has essentially been reduced to nothing on Nicaragua’s political stage.
The two PLC lawmakers elected to National Assembly—former PLC vice president Wilfredo Navarro and PLC president Jorge Castillo Quant—have not yet said whether they plan to take their seats as independents.
Meanwhile, the Independent Liberal Party (PLI) says it has not yet made up its mind about what to do with the 26 seats it was given by the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE).
“We haven’t decided what we are going to do in the National Assembly, but any decision we make will have to be a rational one looking at what use we could make of that space,” PLI campaign chief Eliseo Nuñez told The Nicaragua Dispatch.