Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has sent a message of support to Nicolas Maduro.
The Venezuelan leader’s governing party suffered a sharp defeat in the country’s legislative elections, marking a historic end to socialism.
Ortega’s letter praises Maduro’s party and his predecessor, late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The letter adds that “as difficult as the horizon may appear, we have no doubt” that other victories are in the future.
The letter says this is “a day to think of new battles” and explore “paths to many new victories.” He offers that the fortunes of a country, “like the ways of the Lord, are mysterious paths.”
Nicaragua is one of many countries in the region that have benefited from Venezuelan oil on preferential terms, in exchange for basic goods such as toilet paper and rice, in short supply in the Latin American nation.
Ortega may also serve as a political example for his Venezuelan ally.
Ortega led his country from 1979 to 1990, after the Nicaraguan Revolution ousted dictator Anastasio Somoza. He lost the presidency in a 1990 election, but was voted back into power in 2006.