MANAGUA – The president of Nicaragua’s unicameral National Assembly, ruling leftist Sandinista party lawmaker Santos Rene Nuñez Tellez, died on Saturday at the Costa Rican hospital where he was undergoing treatment for a lung condition, legislative officials said. He was 69.
Nuñez Tellez, who was a candidate for re-election in November, had been hospitalized in that neighboring country since January 2015, they added.
As yet there has been no official word from the Nicaraguan authorities or the lawmaker’s family regarding the repatriation of his remains or the funeral service.
Nuñez Tellez was chief of staff in the first administration of President Daniel Ortega from 1985-1990 and also briefly served as president of the National Assembly in 2005 during President Enrique Bolaños’ 2002-2007 administration.
He began his legislative career in 2002.
During his two consecutive periods as National Assembly president from 2007 to 2012 and 2012 to 2017, Nuñez Tellez pushed for a more dynamic institutionalization and modernization process within that body, the legislative branch said.
In 2012, the state-run National Autonomous University of Nicaragua and the National University of Engineering awarded him Honoris Causa doctorates.
Two years later, he was a recipient of the “Fernando Gordillo” order, which the University Center of the National University, or CUUN, bestows on Nicaraguan citizens who excel in the educational, political or social spheres.
The legislator was the younger brother of late revolutionary commander Carlos Nuñez Tellez, who was the president of the National Assembly during the first Sandinista government from 1979-1990.