September 10 2016
The Sandinista Rene Nuñez Tellez fought in the guerrilla wars against the U.S.-backed Somoza dictatorship.
Rene Nuñez Tellez (L) next to Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega | Photo: Presidencia Nicaragua
The President of the National Assembly of Nicaragua, Rene Nuñez Tellez, died on Saturday at a hospital in Costa Rica where he was receiving medical treatment for a lung condition.
The 69-year-old Sandinista was a candidate for re-election under the Sandinista National Liberation Front, known as FSLN, in the coming November elections.
Three days of mourning
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega approved three days of mourning, in which Nicaraguan flags will fly at half mast at all public buildings in the country, according to the decree signed by the president.
Ortega praised Nuñez’s commitment to the cause of the Sandinistas before and after the overthrow of the Somoza dynasty, and praised his legacy in front of the legislative branch.
A tireless fighter
The executive decree on his death calls Nuñez a “tireless fighter for the welfare and progress of Nicaraguan families toward justice, peace and prosperity.”
It also recalls his role in the ranks of the Sandinista National Liberation Front “as a guerrilla member who suffered persecution, imprisonment and torture.”
“In front of the National Assembly he promoted dialogue and consensus (…) and worked to modernize and equip the National Assembly with innovative tools to increase capacity and better serve the people of Nicaragua,” said the decree.
Nuñez began his parliamentary career as a member of the National Assembly in 2002 and became president of the institution in 2005. In the 1980s, Nunez was secretary of the National Directorate of the FSLN and was a member of the Sandinista National Council, considered the highest structure of the political party.