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Nicaragua: President Ortega wants more military power amid border tensions with Costa Rica.

Credit Photo AFP/File – Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega shows a map during a message to the nation in Managua in November …

President Daniel Ortega has asked Nicaraguan lawmakers to pass emergency laws to give him greater power to mobilize troops, amid a surge in tensions over a border row with Costa Rica.

The move has alarmed some analysts who see it as a bid by Ortega to take advantage of the diplomatic spat to concentrate more power in his own hands.

Nicaragua’s constitution bars mandatory military service, but the proposed laws would allow Ortega to order a “national mobilization” during conflicts or natural disasters.

The proposal would make “all human, technical and material resources that fall under the defense plan” subject to such mobilizations and any asset or public official considered useful for national defense “will be put under the control of the Nicaraguan Army.”

Former president Arnoldo Aleman said it appeared that Ortega was trying to reestablish the state security and mandatory military service that existed during the leftist Sandinista revolutionary government he led from 1979-1990.

The move comes amid a border dispute with Costa Rica that has prompted Nicaragua to send troops to the San Juan River, which forms most of its southern frontier with Costa Rica.

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